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Here is a short poem on one of Earth's greatest problems: Pollution

Lose the excuse stop the abuse,
Our Earth is burning we got so much to lose!

I am concerned, cuz the future seems so bleak
That we will survive as we are so weak

We kill we steal we burn our friends!
We have brought about our downfall, brought about our end!

But rejoice because we have been given 1 last chance!
So help out or our earth could be gone in a glance!

You can send your aid at little cost
So do so or else all is lost.

Reduce Reuse and Recycle are the rules
that will make you happy and our atmosphere cool

Otherwise stand by and say your final goodbyes
As you watch this Earth perish and finally die.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! Probably the easiest things anyone could do. Unfortunately even though it is such an easy task, many refuse to do so. If everyone in the United States of America alone recycled half as much as they do now, 12,500 POUNDS of plastic would be saved from a landfill EVERY hour! It's a small task to do, so remember "Reuse it or Lose It".

Some Statistics on Garbage Waste:

Paper

  • Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save:
    • 3.5 cubic yards of landfill
    • 17 thirty foot (pulp) trees
    • 7,000 gallons of water
    • 380 gallons of oil
    • 4100 kwh of energy


    And, at the same time eliminate 60 pounds of air pollutants



Food for Thought:



The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day o about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Although the EPA estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30 percent is actually recycled.
  • Did you know that we generate 21.5 million tons of food residuals annually? If this food waste were composted instead of being sent to landfills, the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking more than two million cars off the road.
  • The Z-Best Composting Facility in Gilroy, processes 350 tons of food waste and yard clippings everyday into nutrient rich soil amendments to be used for agriculture and landscaping.
  • Almost any business can successfully divert food discards from landfills. Businesses with record-setting food diversion programs are recovering 50% to 100% of their food discards and reducing their overall solid waste by 33% to 85%.


Bottles and Cans

  • In 2004, 55 billion aluminum cans were landfilled, littered or incinerated, thato s 9 billion more than were wasted in 2000. This is enough cans to fill the Empire State Building twenty times. It is also a quantity equivalent to the annual production of three to four major primary aluminum smelters.
  • Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, even so, the energy required to replace the just the aluminum cans wasted in 2001 was equivalent to 16 million barrels of crude oil, enough to meet the electricity needs of all homes in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle.
  • During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 more 12-ounce aluminum cans are made. Leto s recycle them.


What are your thoughts on pollution?

All information taken from Green Waste.com
Credithttp://www.greenwaste.com/
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