Wed November 13, 2013
Earth Calendar for November 13th and November 14th
America Recycles Day is November 15th. When we hear the word recycle, we typically think of things like paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. But did you know that motor oil, electronics, batteries and tires can be recycled, too?
Recycling two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours. Recycling one aluminum can saves the amount of energy needed to power a laptop computer for five hours or run a 60-watt CFL light bulb for 20 hours. And recycling one ton of paper saves up to 7,000 gallons of water. Recycled paper can be used to make masking tape, hospital gowns, coffee filters, lamp shades, egg cartons and a whole lot more. Many different metals are recovered during the cell phone recycling process – gold, silver, platinum, copper, tin and zinc – that can be used by jewelry, plating, electronics, automotive and other industries. Recycling common household materials reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills. It also saves energy, protects natural resources, and provides materials for new products. Before you toss a household item in the trash can, find out if it can be recycled. You may be surprised by some of the items that can be recycled. Visit earth911.com to find out what you can recycle, how and where. Provide your city or zip code and the item that needs to be recycled to find a nearby recycling solution.
On Our Calendar: Experience the oldest public planetarium west of the Allegheny Mountains. At the Wolff Planetarium, Trailside Nature Center November 15th, 7:00 pm you’ll discover stars, constellations, galaxies and learn the stories behind the Big and Little Dippers. The event is open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Reservations required and seating is limited. Please call (513)751-3679 to register.