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Happy America Recycles Day!

Today, November 15th is America Recycles Day! A great day to remind us of just how important recycling is to our environment. Look around you – the disposable coffee cup you’re drinking out of, the newspaper on your coffee table, even the ceilings and walls that make up the rooms in your house – it’s all made, at least in part, with recycled materials!

Sadly, only 34.3% of our nation’s waste gets recycled. This means more and more trash fill our landfills, pollute our waterways, and litter our streets. An easy way to help pitch in is to think about what can be recycled throughout your home.

For example, think about your workspace. You could recycle almost all of the paper you use or sort through such as letters, notes, and catalogs. Did you know every ton of paper that gets recycled:

  • Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Saves 9 barrels of oil
  • Saves 4,100 kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy
  • Saves 7,000 gallons of water
  • Saves 17 trees
  • Saves 54 million BTU’s of energy

Surprising, isn’t it?

It’s important to underline that recycling can go farther than just placing recyclables into your recycling can. What about items that are a little harder to recyclable or cannot be recycled at all? Get creative, make art! You’ll be surprised at what you can create with objects that normally would find thier fate in the landfill. (Click the link to get some ideas!)

Challenge yourself to recycle more! Check out the infographic below to find the top 10 things to recycle in your home!

Top 10 Things To Recycle In Your Home

Top 10 Things To Recycle In Your Home

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What is Net Neutrality and What Does It Mean To Me?

While not exactly science, this decision matters to everyone who uses the internet:

On Thursday, February 26th, the FCC approved new rules that classify broadband internet as a utility.

The new rule has the internet talking about itself, but what does it all mean? Luckily, the situation is described in comic form on Michael Goodwin’s website.

P.S. Be sure to read the latest in net neutrality news here:, in addition to the comic! We can’t get ALL of our information from infographics.

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