HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Blueggs Newsletter DECEMBER 2019

ANSWER: PAPER WASTE

It has been reported that curbside cardboard waste has been significantly increasing due to “the Amazon effect,” according to David Biderman, the executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Due to the Amazon effect, US Postal Service deliveries have doubled over the last 10 years (The Verge, 2019) More than 90% of the products shipped in the U.S. are packaged in corrugated boxes (recycling across america), so it is not surprising that our society has to face with increasing numbers of cardboard waste.

Shopping Christmas Gifts Online?

Don’t Forget to Recycle Cardboard Then!

Corrugated cardboard and paper are, in fact, the largest component of our waste. (Food waste is the second largest) According to the latest report from the U.S. EPA, cardboard and paper make up 25% of the waste in our county (See the figure at right).  During 2017, 67.1 million tons of cardboard and paper were collected, and 65.9% of which was recycled. Corrugated boxes alone, 88.4% was recycled  (U.S. EPA, 2019).

What are the Benefits of Recycling Cardboard?

It is estimated that making 1 ton of virgin cardboard requires 3 tons of trees (Earth911). So by recycling cardboard, you can reduce tree consumption.

Recycling cardboard also saves energy. It takes only 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard. Recycling 1 tons of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil. (recycling across america)

By recycling cardboard and paper, the U.S succeeded in eliminating 148 MMT of CO2E, which is equivalent to removing over 31 million cars from the road in 2017 (U.S. EPA, 2019).

(U.S. EPA, 2019)

Tips of cardboard recycling (From Earth911)

  1. Use a knife or scissors to cut any tape used to seal the top and/or bottom of the box, then collapse the box.
  2. Don’t put out cardboard next to the recycling bin if it’s raining. Wet cardboard doesn’t have a recycling market.
  3. For boxes that are heavily food-soiled, cut out that part before recycling.

[RELATED MATH WORKSHEETS]

HOW MUCH RECYCLED PAPER WILL SAVE A TREE?

  • MATH SKILL: FRACTION (MULTIPLICATION/DIVISION) (4TH - 5TH GRADES)

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT

WE WERE ABLE TO RECYCLE ALL OF THE 8,000 CRAYONS

&

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF RAISING $500 FOR OUR LOCAL TEACHERS!

And now our very first crayon recycling season came to an end. Thank you very much everyone for supporting our program!

Every process of crayon recycling has been quite challenging but it's been such a fun journey! Through this project, I have had a chance to meet so many kind-hearted people in this community and that was a true blessing!

I would like to express my gratitude to our sponsors who made this program possible.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Rachael at La Forêt Cafe and Nicole at Hooray Children's Shoppe​. They provided the best spot in their shops for our products for the entire season!

 I really appreciate their support and generosity.

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During May 2020, we would like to donate $100 to 5 teachers in Warrick County to support their educational spending.

I will provide more details on this Facebook page during April 2020. [https://www.facebook.com/WarrickCountySchoolSupplyRecyclingChallenge/}

So teachers, please LIKE us (if you haven't) on Facebook and keep up with us!

Thank you very much again and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU!


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BLUEGGS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019

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