Nov. 6: Colorado harnesses the power of recycling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 6, 2013
Public Information Specialist
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
Colorado harnesses the power of recycling
DENVER — In 2012, recycling and composting in Colorado saved enough energy to power 112,654 homes for a year. It eliminated enough carbon dioxide to equal the emissions from 348,370 cars. It saved 2.2 million barrels of oil.
“Recycling and composting reduces the waste sent to landfills, prolonging the life of our landfills and salvaging materials for beneficial reuse,” said Patrick Hamel, sustainability program manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Coloradans are recycling 10 percent more today than they were five years ago.”
Recycling and composting kept approximately 2.1 million tons of municipal solid waste from reaching landfills in the state in 2012. That’s more than 166,000 garbage truckloads, enough to fill two lanes of I-70 border-to-border and bumper-to-bumper and still have about 200 trucks left over.
Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, and Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed it as a day to focus attention on the importance of recycling in Colorado. This year’s theme, “I Want to Be Recycled,” is designed to educate people about the economic importance of recycling and motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. Colorado organizations hosting recycling events Nov. 15 are at http://www.americarecyclesday.org