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HELP SAVE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES! RE-USE! RE-CYCLE!

Recycling is a process; recovery and re-use. Both steps are necessary for a successful recycling program.

Did you know that 80% of all items found in a landfill are recyclable?
IT'S TRUE!
  • 37% - Paper
  • 17% - Yard Waste
  • 8% - Food Waste
  • 6% - Metals
  • 5% - Glass
  • 1-2% - Hazardous Household Waste
  • 15% - Other

FUN FACTS:
  • Did you know it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose? WOW!
  • Recycling one stack of newspapers 10 feet high can save one adult tree!
  • Recycling one soda can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours!

Composition

Compost is the natural recycling of yard or food wastes that produces a humus valued by farmers, gardeners and landscapers because it improves soil conditions.

ARE YOU TIRED OF RAKING LEAVES?

Try mulching! Use a lawn mower to cut up leaves. Then leave them for fertilizer and protection against the harsh winter. But if you must rake your leaves, use the brown biodegradability lawn bags. It's the law!

Composting is easy and FREE! Make your own compost bin.

Materials Needed:

  • 4 Posts
  • Wire or nylon ties
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

What you do: Choose a corner of your yard for the compost bin. Hammer the four posts into the ground. Wrap the chicken wire or mesh netting around the posts, secure with the ties. Place yard waste inside of the square. Turn the leaves and grass clippings with a rake every few weeks. Once the yard waste is decomposed use it in your flower beds and gardens.

Q & A

TRUE or FALSE: Recycling is a two step process used to collect and change items into new materials.


Which of the following items are recyclable?

  1. Glass
  2. Paper
  3. Cans
  4. All of the Above
SEEK AND FIND (All of the items are recyclable):
R E P A P S W E N
P A P C A N S O S
B O T T L R A C E
D K P A A I I R L
B O T J S T P O T
O E R C S B A J T
A S P A P E R S O
P L A S T I C S B

CANS

JARS

PAPER

PLASTIC

NEWSPAPER

BOTTLES

UNSCRAMBLE:

SSAGL
ANCS
PPREAWNENS
JRSA
TCSLPAI
SELTOBT



Environmental Shopping List

  1. Buy only what I need.
  2. Avoid over-packaged products.
  3. Reject products that are harmful to the environment whenever possible.
  4. Learn the proper disposal method for hazardous wastes.
  5. Choose products packaged in recycled material
  6. Buy products packaged in recycled material.
  7. Reuse and repair as much as I can.
  8. Recycle as much as I can
  9. Bring my own bags when shopping.
  10. Tell others about the importance of being an environmental shopper!


Do you know this symbol?


Many products packaged in recycled paperboard display this symbol to indicate that the carton is made from recycled paper.


Paper Not plastic!

Why the city of Gary cannot pick up leaves in plastic bags.
Leaves and yard-waste can no longer be disposed of in Landfills. These biodegradable wastes are recycled into mulch and compost at special facilities. Compost facilities will not take leaves in plastic bags because plastic does not break down into organic material. Brown paper bags are biodegradable and become part of the compost in the recycling process.

Brown paper compost bags can be purchased at large hardware and home supply stores. If you place your leaves and yard waste in brown paper compost bags at the curb, the City of Gary will pick up the bagged materials on recycling day. If you have questions about the city's recycling program call 882-8445 and ask for the recycling department.



If you have any questions about recycling or composting contact:

The City of Gary Recycling Department at 882-8445


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