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Recycling facts that hit home
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Upcoming Keep Liberty Beautiful projects that need your involvement:
• Wednesday, 1 p.m.: Liberty County: Home of the world’s largest crayon. The result of our Guinness Book of World Records project to make the world’s largest crayon will be unveiled at Lyman Hall Elementary. There will be an open house that afternoon. Call 368-4888 for information.
• Coastal Living/ Cottage Living Holiday House at Yellow Bluff is loaded with holiday ideas and ideas for living green, too. The house is open for tours from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission is $10 per person. Proceeds benefit our local United Way.
• Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House at Yellow Bluff. Get in the holiday spirit — fish with Santa, decorate organic holiday cookies, enjoy singing, dancing and caroling and tour festive holiday cottages.
It is all about recycling for us this month at Keep Liberty Beautiful. Yesterday was America Recycles Day and in honor of that day, we will have an unveiling ceremony for the world’s largest crayon at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lyman Hall Elementary. We are very excited about this event and the enthusiasm that this process has generated. We will have a brief ceremony to certify that the crayon has broken the current Guinness World Record for the world’s largest crayon. The current record is held by a 300-pound crayon in Florida. A gentleman from the New York office for The Guinness Book of World Records will attend and officially certifying our crayon.
There will be an open house from 2-5 p.m., so I hope you will drop by and see the big crayon. If you miss it, don’t despair. You will have opportunities to see it in the schools, in one of our local McDonald’s Restaurants (thanks to Gary Dodd), and even in the Christmas Parade (thanks to the Georgia Power Co.)
But enough about the crayon. I wanted to share some truly mindblowing facts about recycling provided by a really interesting Web site, Do something is a neat nonprofit site dedicated to getting people involved in projects that can make a difference in our world. Here are some facts that might make you want to start recycling.

11 facts about recycling
1. The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year – 100 million tons of wood could be saved each year if all that paper was recycled.
2. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
3. A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers that can all be recycled.
4. About 80 percent of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28 percent.
5. Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper (think: Empire State Building), but all those jars are recyclable.
6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures a year. Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. It's also 80 percent plastic, and weighs in at 3.5 million tons.
7. Recycling one ton (about 2,000 pounds) of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
8. 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.
9. If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
10. More than 20 million Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil. Believe it not, ALL that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it so most it goes in the trash.
11. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. In spite of this, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months.
Did I get your attention? We really need to recycle. Check out You might catch the recycling bug.

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