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Recycle newspaper and office paper. Every year Americans throw away enough office and writing paper to build a wall twelve feet high stretching from Los Angeles to New York City. Making new paper from waste paper results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than using raw materials. Recycling a four-foot stack of newspaper produces as much paper pulp as a 40-foot pine tree--recycling your daily newspaper for one year would provide the pulp equivalent of 2/3 acre of commercial forest. Recycling one ton of newspapers saves 17 pine trees.

Recycle ALL aluminum cans! Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television set for three hours. You can make 20 aluminum cans from recycled materials with the same energy it takes to make one from raw materials. The primary ingredient in aluminum is bauxite ore, often mined in the rainforest. Also, manufacturing cans from recycled aluminum produces 96% less air and water pollution than manufacturing cans from raw materials.

Recycle drink containers. Each glass bottle that is recycled saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Americans dispose of 4 million plastic drink bottles every hour, yet only 1 out of 4 gets recycled.

Ask your local auto supply store for recycled motor oil. Motor oil does not wear out--it simply gets dirty. It can be used again and again. Americans throw away enough used motor oil every year to fill 120 super-tankers and it could all be recycled. Dumping out one quart of used motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water. Used motor oil contains heavy metals from your car's engine and should NEVER be dumped into the storm drain.

Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. Batteries corroding in landfills can contaminate our groundwater with cadmium, mercury and lead. Take used batteries to a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection day--if your community has one. Call your public works department to find out what to do with your HHW.

Store food in reusable containers or use resealable pouches that can be washed and reused. Americans use enough plastic wrap every year to shrink wrap the State of Texas.