Styrofoam Impacts on Animals
Styrofoam can harm animals that scavenge food from landfills. Styrofoam products have the tendency of easily breaking apart into small pieces making it a choke hazard to animals.
Reduce And Reuse Styrofoam
Some businesses collect Styrofoam for reuse and recycling. Check with local Styrofoam Packingpackaging stores in your area; most of them will accept Styrofoam pellets for reuse. Another method to reduce the use of Styrofoam is choosing eco-friendly alternative products instead. The packaging and food industries have begun introducing environmental friendly packaging alternatives to the market, such as air cushions and biodegradable food packaging. Compared to Styrofoam, these two new eco-friendly alternatives help reduce pollution and conserve landfill airspace.
Did You Know?
Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 60,000 gallons of water, 225 kilowatt hours of electricity, 350
pounds of limestone, 275 pounds of sulfur, 9,000 pounds of steam, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill airspace.
One tree yields about 700 paper grocery bags, which will be consumed in less than 1 hour by a supermarket.
Recycling 14 trees worth of paper reduces air pollutants by 165,142 tons.
A recycled aluminum can is back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.
We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.
Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
About one-third of an average landfill's waste is made up of packaging material.
Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
It takes approximately 201 tons worth of aluminum cans to make a Boeing 747.
A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers - make sure they're recycled!
Do Your Part
Always remember to PRECYCLE, reduce waste at the waste source and choose environmentally friendly products.
Request aluminum foil instead of a take out box from your favorite restaurant.
Buy your eggs packaged in recycled paper cartons or recyclable material.
Use compostable paper or reusable dinnerware.
Take your unwanted packaging pellets/peanuts to a local packing and shipping store for reuse.
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