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Posted on: October 4, 2018

Curbside recycling rates exceptional in Spring Hill

Recycling Impact 2017

We want to thank Spring Hill residents for being so diligent with curbside recycling. Our city has some of the best recycling stats around. Waste Management collected more than 1,700 tons of recycling in 2017 in Spring Hill. This graphic represents the (WM) numbers on what your environmental efforts equate to.

What do these numbers relate to?

The idea is that by reusing things like aluminum, paper, plastics, and other materials, it saves production and energy costs, and reduces the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin materials has on the environment. This conserves the world's scarce natural resources. Recycled materials have already been refined and processed once; manufacturing the second time is much cleaner and less energy-intensive than the first. Less processing means a reduction in air and water pollution, greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, and use of less energy to make new products.

Here are some examples:
- Seattle economist Jeffrey Morris estimated that manufacturing one ton of office and computer paper with recycled paper stock can save nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours over the same ton of paper made with virgin wood products.
- A ton of soda cans made with recycled aluminum saves an amazing 21,000 kilowatt hours by reducing the virgin bauxite (bozite) ore that would have to be mined, shipped, and refined. That’s a 95% energy savings, according to Stanford University.
- A ton of PET plastic containers made with recycled plastic conserves about 7,200 kilowatt hours, according to Stanford.
- The San Diego County Office of Education has figured out that recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.
- The Steel Recycling Institute has found that steel recycling saves enough energy to electrically power the equilvalent of 18 million homes for a year.

A Waste Management representative mentioned that the company recently had someone from its corporate office come to Spring Hill back in August who personally worked a few days of garbage and recycling collection routes. He collected around 2,000 homes over those few days and said only five or so cans per day had more trash in them than recycling. Those numbers are nearly unheard of. Spring Hill residents, you should be very proud of your consistent recycling efforts!

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