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In a lifetime the average Maltese person will throw away 600 times the amount of his or her adult weight in garbage. For example, a 90Kg adult adult will leave a trash legacy of 54,000 kilos.
Recycling one ton of aluminum:
Saves 14,000 kWh of energy
Aluminum Recycling Tips
Recycling one ton of cardboard:
Saves 390 kWh of energy
Cardboard Recycling Tips
Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
Recycling one ton of glass:
Saves 42 kWh of energy
Glass Recycling Tips
Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
Recycling one ton of paper:
Saves 4,100 kWh of energy
Paper Recycling Tips
Recyclable paper includes: magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
Recycling one ton of plastic:
Saves 5,774 kWh energy
Plastic Recycling Tips
Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either:
Recycling one ton of steel:
Saves 642 kWh of energy
Steel Recycling Tips
Prepare steel cans for recycling by rinsing them with water to remove any food residue.
Source : https://www.wm.com/location/california/san-joaquin/hughson/facts/index.jsp
Not all material can be recycled. If you discard material which cannot be recycled together with material that can you will end up hindering our efforts instead of helping us out.
Get the know the products you pucrhase daily. Choose the ones that are made from recycled materials wherever possible. By doing this you will be encouraging manufacturers and producers to use recycled materials.
Water can be one of the easiest materials to recylce. You can always use water that was used for washing to flush toilets for example. If you use biodegradable soap you can even water your garden with used water.
Families, especially larger ones throw away a sizeable amount of vegetable and fruit matter as well as garden cuttings. This can easily be composted and used as very fertile soil. To compost you will need a special composting bin which can be used both indoors and out. The resultant material can be used as very fertile soil. If you dont have a garden yourself you can always donate it to someone who lives nearby who does.