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Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling

What Is Recycling?

recycling bin Recycling is the process of taking a product near the end of its useful life and using all or part of it to make another product. The internationally recognized symbol for recycling includes three arrows moving in a triangle. Each arrow represents a different part of the recycling process, from collection to re-manufacture to resale. Recycling requires more time, planning and effort than simply throwing into a garbage can. However, we hope you will consider the extra effort for a cleaner environment to be worth it.

Recycling Facts:

  • An average American throws away 5 pounds of trash per day while the average Alabamian throws away 9.9 pounds of trash per day!
  • Americans throw away 25 million plastic beverage bottles every hour and half a billion straws each day!
  • With the aluminum we throw away in 3 months, the U.S. could rebuild its entire commercial air fleet.
  • The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime.
  • An average aluminum can, when recycled, can be back on a store shelf in less than 60 days.
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2 billion trees per year!
  • Recycling a 3-foot stack of newspapers saves one tree.

Alabama Department of Environmental Management - ADEM
Alabama Environmental Council - AEC

This project was funded by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management through a grant from the Alabama Recycling Fund, and it is the result of cooperation among many partners, including the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Environmental Council, Alabama Department of Corrections, Bibb County Commission, Chilton County Commission, Chilton County Solid Waste Authority, Bibb County Schools, Bibb County Chamber of Commerce and municipalities in Bibb and Chilton counties.