Did you know this?...

When you're recycling plastic bottles (water bottles, for example), never leave the cap on the bottle itself.


According to Jessica Jenson of Low Impact Living: "They just chuck any bottles with lids on them."

Hmmmmm.... I did not know that.

The folks at the recycling plant simply won't take the time (or expend the energy) to take lids off of plastic bottles.

It makes sense when you think of all the millions of bottles they must receive... but still. That means you'd actually be wasting your time & effort spent recycling if you toss a water bottle into the "plastics" bin with the lid on it!

FYI, Jessica was the "green expert" who appeared on "Living With Ed" on HGTV.

Okay, the take-away here is: Throw the lids in the trash, and recycle the plastic bottles alone.

* In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each, but only recycled an average of 23 percent. That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills.

* Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, lid and label.

* According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006 that number jumped to 28.3 gallons.

* It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture a yearís supply of bottled water. Thatís enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars.

* Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.

* In 2007 we spent $16 billion on bottled water. Thatís more than we spent on iPods or movie tickets.

* Plastic bottles take 700 years before they begin to decompose in a landfill.

* If everyone in NYC gave up water bottles for one week they would save 24 million bottles from being landfilled; one month would save 112 million bottles and one year would save 1.328 billion bottles from going into the landfill.

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