Help keep Cincinnati clean during America Recycles Day

Ronald McDonald House to accept recyclables

CINCINNATI -- America Recycles Day falls on Nov. 15 and agencies around the Cincinnati area urge you to get involved.

Many people collect tabs or pop tabs all year long for Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House, but this year will be a little different.
In response to America Recycles Day, the House will be collecting recyclable items on Friday to help critically ill children and their families.
Items to be donated are cans, electronics, paper products such as newspapers and of course, the tabs.
Electronics accepted include printers, computer towers, circuit boards and cell phones. Items can be donated to the House between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday.
The House is partnering with Cohen recycling who will be donating 125 percent of the value of the metal to the charity.
In 2012, recycled tabs from the Ronald McDonald House raised more than $24,000 to help support families.
About Recycling
Recycling is the activity of collecting and processing discarded materials which will be converted into raw materials in the production of new products.
You can recycle plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars and bottles of any color, aluminum and steel cans, empty aerosol cans with lids removed, cardboard and paper products. Visit Earth911, suggested by the EPA, to search for items that can be recycled.
In the City of Cincinnati, Rumpke handles the city's recycling. They use a sorting process called 'Single Stream Recycling' in which residents can put all recycling items in one bin, instead of sorting them, for biweekly collection.
All the recyclable materials are placed together in the recycling truck and taken to a materials recovery facility. At the facility, the recyclables are sent through a series of machines which separate the materials for you.
Recyclables get turned into new plastic, glass, steel and aluminum products such as pipes, park furniture, carpet, new cans, window frames, fiberglass components and animal bedding, according to the City's recycling program.
The City of Cincinnati Recycling Program has conserved enough energy to power every home in Cincinnati for six days. 
Hamilton County Recycling has recycled over 40,000 tons of metal, glass and paper which conserved enough energy to power every home in Sharonville and Fairfax for a year. 
Efforts like these from our area recycling industry has had an economic impact of 169,000 jobs and $6 billion in annual wages -- in Ohio alone.
How do we contribute?
The average person generates about 4.5 lbs of trash every day, which equals about 1.5 tons per year. 
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable but only 30 percent is actually recycled.
Picture from EPA
Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incinerators, according to the AdCouncil for Keeping America Beautiful.
Solid waste landfills are the largest man-made source of methane gas, according to the Campaign for Recycling. Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas that is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than the most prevalent greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2).
In 2011, we recycled and composted 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW). The EPA said this eliminated more than 183 million metric tons of CO2 emissions which is the equivalent of 34 million passenger vehicles.
Annually, this eliminated more than 183 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions which is comparable to removing the emissions from over 34 million vehicles, according to the EPA.
Every ton of paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gas, and one ton of aluminum cans conserves the equivalent to 26 barrels of oil, the EPA reports.
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For more resources and information on recycling, check the sites below. 
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