Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Drowning in a sea of aluminum
And before I know it, I'll want to spend time in the back yard, on the back porch. So it's time to stop ignoring the mess outside.
In realizing I'll be an indoor/outdoor person soon, I've also realized that I and my kids drink way too much Diet Coke.
Okay. Logan and me. Connor doesn't drink carbonated beverages.
In any case, our consumption has become conspicuous. I have bags and bags of aluminum cans.
I can't seem to give them away. I offered them to my friend Greg, who's way into recycling. I offered them to my friend Pammy, who knows some folks who are going through a difficult time and can use the money from the cans. I offered them to my dad, who volunteers at a homeless shelter. No one has come for the cans.
I don't want to post a listing on craigslist. I don't have a vehicle large enough to transport this huge bunch of cans to a recycling center, unless I make multiple trips. So for the time being, I'm stuck with a crap-ton of aluminum cans.
Divesting myself of the remnants of our excessive Diet Coke consumption is becoming more of a priority.
And recycling the cans is such a good idea, on so many levels. Here are some facts:
*Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a T.V. for 3 hours.
*North America is currently recycling 2/3 of its aluminum cans.
*Aluminum cans uses 95% less energy over refining from raw aluminum.
*The energy saved in one year from recycling aluminum cans in the USA would light the entire city of Denver for more than 10 years.
Posted by Mary at 12:32 PM