7 February 2011

The recycling of waste products in Rome

There is a great emphasis on recycling in Rome with special recycling bins provided for paper and cardboard, for plastic, metal and glass and for general household waste which does not fit into any of the other categories.  It is possible to see these specialised recycling bins all over the city.  Not only does it encourage recycling but it also puts the onus on the individual. 

Figure 1:  A photograph showing the specialised recycling bins.

Some important facts about recycling:

Where does the trash go? When you throw something "away", it doesn't go away! Trash is either burned, buried, recycled or dumped into rivers and oceans.

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!

Paper products make up the largest part (approximately 40 percent) of our trash.
Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64 percent less energy and uses 58 percent less water.


Paper products use up at least 35 percent of the world's annual commercial wood harvest.

One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

A new landfill generally costs more than an old one that has filled up. This is because it typically costs more to comply with new environmental regulations, to buy the land, to construct the landfill and to transport waste because new landfills generally are farther away than older ones.

Only 1 percent of the world's water supply is usable; 97 percent is in the ocean and 2 percent is frozen.


Recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high can save one tree.

People are making efforts all over the world to recycle and take better care of our planet.

The above facts were taken from the following website http://www.redcorecycling.com/facts1.html

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