Recycling is Mandatory

Recycling:

recycle_iconCity of Jeannette mandates all residential customers recycle the following items: Newspaper, Bi-Metal, Aluminum cans and clear glass. Commercial customers are required to recycle cardboard. A program is also in place for brown glass and clear glass.

Recycling Collections: Residential pick-up is every other week, the same as normal trash pick-up. Commercial customers daily. pick-up.

The City of Jeannette observes Thanksgiving, Christmas, News Years Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day as a holiday. When a holiday falls during the week of your recycling pick-up, your recyclable items (and trash) will be picked up one day later.

 

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Recycling Do’s and Dont’s:

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Cleanliness Counts. Rinsing cans and keeping boxes out of the weather makes them easier to process. That keeps costs down. If supplied with a bin, pay attention to what goes in. Take it upon yourself to be an accurate recycler. A cereal box is probably great, but a greasy pizza box may not be. Maybe milk jugs are good, but not the caps. Check the lid of your recycing bin for guidelines, or make a call or visit your municipal web site to find out the rules. Then, follow them.
  • Good bets. Tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, phone books, plastic beverage bottles, milk jugs, glass bottles and jars, cereal boxes, other clean and dry cardboard boxes.
  • Probably not. Plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam, light bulbs, food-soiled paper, wax paper, ceramics.
  • Hazardous wastes have their place. Household hazardous wastes like paint cans, motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, pesticides, pool chemicals, etc. usually need to be disposed of separately. Again, check your community resources and guidelines.

How Recycling Works:

There are three parts to the recycling process, each one essential to making the system work: collection, manufacturing and buying. These three components are so important that they are represented by the three “chasing arrows” of the recycling logo.

  • Collection – Don’t Send Recyclables To The Landfill.
    In this phase, materials are separated from the waste stream and prepared to become raw materials. Different cities and municipalities have different systems for sorting and collecting materials that can be recycled. Most communities now have recycling bins for curbside collection, or recycling stations where the materials can be taken.
  • Manufacturing – Using R­ecycled Materials Instead Of Virgin Raw Materials.
    Recovering the materials is just the first step. There must also be a market for it – companies that want the materials and are able to remanufacture them into consumer products. Sometimes these companies have to invest a significant amount of money in adapting their manufacturing processes to accommodate the use of recycled materials in their products.
  • Buying – “Close The Loop” By Buying Products With Recycled Content.
    In order to make recycling economically viable, there must be a market for recycled products. If people buy them, companies will be encouraged to make them, and the whole system works.

Recycling Facts:

  • Paper products make up 40% of all trash. That can all be recycled!
  • Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups that cannot decomposed or be recycled.
  • Only about 30% of paper, trash, and food waste is recycled.
  • 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water can be saved by recycling 1 ton of paper!
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour!
  • Recycled plastic is/can be made into polyester carpets, plastic lumber, clothing, flower pots, insulation for sleeping bags & ski jackets, car bumpers and other products.
  • All soda cans are made from aluminum. Each American uses about 400 cans a year. If aluminum is recycled, 95% less energy is used than if it were made from scratch.
  • Cell phones, computers, and other technology release toxins into the environment when they are thrown away. The only way to stop the pollution is to recycle them.
  • About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
  • Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.
  • One-third of the water used in most homes is flushed down the toilet.
  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

Recycling Is Good For Business: 

Most people know that recycling plays an important role in managing the garbage generated in homes and businesses, and that it reduces the need for landfills and incinerators.

Most people know that recycling plays an important role in managing the garbage generated in homes and businesses, and that it reduces the need for landfills and incinerators.

But recycling is far more than a local waste management strategy; it is also an important strategy for reducing the environmental impacts of industrial production. Supplying industry with recycled materials, rather than virgin resources extracted from forests and mines, is environmentally preferable because it saves energy, reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other dangerous air and water pollutants, and because it conserves scarce natural resources. Last year, Pennsylvania recycling programs supplies industry with almost 5 million tons of scrap commodities like metals, paper, glass, plastics, wood, organics, and other materials.

Recycling is a growth industry with many kinds of business opportunities, from collection and processing to manufacturing to inventing new technologies. New businesses in Pennsylvania will create jobs for more Pennsylvanians and improve our economy.

Recycling Provides Economic Benefits:

Recycling Add Value to Pennsylvania’s Economy: Collection and processing, the first step in the recycling process, involves sorting and aggregating recyclable materials. It includes municipal and private collectors, material recovery and composting facilities, and recyclable material wholesalers. These activities employ nearly 10,000 people in Pennsylvania, with a payroll of $284 million and annual sales of $2.3 billion.

Recycling manufacturing involves the actual conversion of recyclables into products. The primary recycling manufacturers in Pennsylvania in order of magnitude are steel mills, plastic converters, paper and paperboard mills, and nonferrous metal manufacturers. Recycling manufacturing employs over 64,000 people with a payroll of almost $2.5 billion and annual sales of over $15.5 billion.

Reuse and remanufacturing focuses on the refurbishing and repair of products to be reused in their original form. The largest activities are retail sales of used merchandise and reuse of used motor vehicle parts. The amount of value that can be added via this process is limited because of competition from new products. Nevertheless, reuse and manufacturing contributes over 7,000 jobs, a payroll of $115 million and sales of over a half billion dollars.

Downstream Economic Benefits: In addition to the direct benefits, support businesses that provide goods and services to the recycling and reuse establishments also contribute to the Commonwealth’s economy. These supporting activities include recycling and reuse equipment manufacturers, consulting/ engineering services, brokers, and transporters. These contribute an additional 13,297 jobs and $1.8 billion in receipts.

Recycling Contributes to State Revenues:
 Pennsylvania tax revenues from the recycling and reuse businesses are estimated at 305 million dollars per year.

Recycling Means Business in Pennsylvania: 
Recycling and Reuse Establishments – 3,247; Recycling and Reuse Employment – 81,322 jobs; Annual Sales Receipts – $18.4 billion; Annual Payroll – $2.9 billion

Recycling Saves Energy:

Energy savings are a very important environmental benefit of recycling, because using energy requires the consumption of scarce fossil fuels and involves emissions of numerous air and water pollutants. The steps in supplying recycled materials to industry (including collection, processing and transportation) typically use less energy than the steps in supplying virgin materials to industry (including extraction, refining, transportation and processing). Additional energy savings associated with recycling accrue in the manufacturing process itself, since the materials have already undergone processing. Recycling in Pennsylvania last year saved over 66 trillion BTUs of energy, enough to power 643,000 houses. Recycling paper cuts energy usage in half. Every pound of steel recycled saves 5,450 BTUs of energy, enough to light a 60-watt bulb for over 26 hours. Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil. Recycling used aluminum cans requires only about five percent of the energy needed to produce aluminum from bauxite. Recycling just one can saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 3½ hours.

Recycling Saves Natural:

Our finite reserves of natural resources are being depleted rapidly, particularly with the increasing use of disposable products and packaging. Last year, Pennsylvanians produced millions of tons of trash. This rate of use and disposal takes a particularly heavy toll on irreplaceable natural resources from our forests and mines. Reprocessing used materials to make new products and packaging reduces the consumption of natural resources. By recycling over 1 million tons of steel, Pennsylvanians saved 1.3 million tons of iron ore, 718,000 tons of coal, and 62,000 tons of limestone. Through recycling newsprint, office paper and mixed paper, we saved nearly over 8.2 million trees. Recycling often produces better products than those made of virgin materials; for instance, the “tin” in tin cans is more refined (thus more valuable) after being processed for recycling. Source reduction, preventing waste before it is generated, can further reduce the need for disposal and save more resources.

Recycling Saves Our Environment:

Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
By reducing the amount of energy used by industry, recycling also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps prevent global climate change. This is because much of the energy used in industrial processes and in transportation involves burning fossil fuels like gasoline, diesel and coal, the most important sources of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. Additional benefits are derived from reduced emissions from incinerators and landfills and by slowing the harvest of trees, which are carbon sinks. Last year, recycling reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million metric tons of carbon equivalent.

Recycling Reduces Emissions of Air and Water Pollutants:
In addition to greenhouse gases, recycling can reduce a range of pollutants from entering the air and water. By decreasing the need to extract and process new raw materials from the earth, recycling can eliminate the pollution associated with the initial stages of a product’s development: material extraction, refining and processing. These activities pollute the air, land and water with toxic materials, such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, methane, and sulfur dioxides. Further reductions are achieved as a result of energy saving, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants. In addition to the greenhouse gas reductions mentioned previously, additional reductions of air emissions due to recycling total 587,000 tons. Reduced water emissions total nearly 9,000 tons.

Why Recycling Is Important: 

Getting Back To Basics:
Recycling is really just common sense, and until the “modern era,” it was a common household activity. Before the 1920s, 70% of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25% of the waste stream. Because of concern for the environment, recycling is again on the upswing. The nation’s composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7% of the waste stream in 1960 to 17% in 1990. It’s currently up to around 30%.

The Garbage Crisis:
The world has changed a lot in the past century. From individually packaged food servings to disposable diapers, more garbage is generated now than ever before. The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. This garbage, the solid waste stream, goes mostly to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried. As the waste stream continues to grow, so will the pressures on our landfills, our resources, and our environment.

Recycling – An Important Part Of The Solution:
The more we recycle the less garbage winds up in our landfills and incineration plants. By reusing aluminum, paper, glass, plastics, and other materials, we can save production and energy costs, and reduces the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin materials has on the environment.

You Can Make A Difference: 

Environmental problems have become so complex that many individuals feel they can have no effect on them. Problems like global warming, hazardous waste, loss of rain forests, endangered species, acid rain, the ozone layer, the municipal waste crisis can feel out of our control. At the very least, these problems require group and corporate action or government intervention. But there are some things the individual can control. Our waste reduction and recycling activities can make a difference. That’s why nearly 1,600 Pennsylvania communities recycle.

Recycling makes a difference. It’s the right thing to do.