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Reusable Bag Giveaway today in downtown Spokane

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The cycle starts with you...

So KHQ and Spokane Regional Solid Waste Systems have teamed up to help you help the environment.

On Wednesday, November 19th from 5am until Noon stop by AmericaWest Bank on Riverside and pick up a free reusable bag.

The 20"x16" bags are eco-friendly and fun to tote your groceries or other shopping items from store to car to home.

Also, to help you learn more about recycling, phone the KHQ Help Center on Monday, November 17th and talk with members of Spokane Regional Solid Waste Systems.  They will be manning the phones to answer your questions from 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Recycling Facts/Tips

1.       If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year.

2.       Within Spokane County, you may now recycle tin cans with the labels left on.

3.       Household batteries may be recycled at the curbside if they are put in a plastic bag and placed at the top of your recycling bin.

4.       Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

5.       The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.

6.       Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper

7.       Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity - enough energy to power the average American home for five months.

8.       Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.

9.       Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.

10.    Recycled paper can also be made into paper towels, notebook paper, envelopes, copy paper and other paper products, as well as boxes, hydro-mulch, molded packaging, compost, and even kitty litter.

11.    Every year we save enough energy recycling steel to supply L.A. with nearly a decade's worth of electricity.

12.    Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch.

13.    Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.

14.    Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.

15.    Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation's automakers on a continuous basis.

16.    A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution and mining wastes by about 70%.

17.    When you toss out one aluminum, you waste as much energy as if you'd filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.

18.    The 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million.

19.    Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled forever.

20.    Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas.

21.    The average American throws out about 61 lbs. of tin cans every month.

22.    If only 100,000 people stopped their junk, mail, we could save up to 150,000 trees annually.

23.    The junk mail Americans receive in one day could produce enough energy to heat 250,000 homes.

24.    The average American still spends 8 full months of his/her life opening junk mail.

25.    Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.

26.    An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now

27.    We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.

28.    A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel.

29.    The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

30.    Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.

31.    Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.

32.    Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. Most of them are thrown away.

33.    Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour.

34.    Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.

35.    Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable.

36.    About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.

37.    Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

38.    New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states--56%.  The recycling rate for Spokane County was 44% in 2006.

39.    The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year.

40.    The Washington, DC-based Institute For Local Self-Reliance calculates that recycling creates 36 jobs per 10,000 tons of material recycled compared to 6 jobs for every 10,000 of tons brought to traditional disposal facilities.

41.    A typical family consumes 182 gallons of pop, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.

42.    When you receive your new phone book, your outdated copy should be recycled.

What can recycled items become?

1.       Newspaper

a.        Telephone books

b.       Paper egg cartons

c.        Building insulation

d.       Construction paper

e.       Berry boxes

f.         Paperboard

g.        Kitty litter

h.       Sheetrock

i.         Paper plates

j.         Countertops

k.        New newspaper

2.       Magazines

a.        Paperboard

b.       Telephone books

c.        Newspaper

3.       Corrugated Cardboard

a.        Paper bags

b.       Paperboard

c.        New cardboard

4.       Steel/Tin Cans

a.        Car parts

b.       Bike parts

c.        Steel beams

d.       Rebar

e.       Appliances

f.         New cans

5.       Aluminum Cans

a.        New aluminum cans

6.       Glass Bottles & Jars

a.        Fiberglass

b.       New bottles & jars

7.       Code 1 Plastics

a.        Carpet

b.       Backpacks

c.        Polar Fleece

d.       Sleeping bag and ski jacket insulation

8.       Code 2 Plastics (Uncolored)

a.        Plastic lumber

b.       Playground equipment

c.        New bottles