What you can recycle and why it’s important with Earth Day just days away

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) On Sunday, Aprill 22, we celebrate Earth Day. This year, the focus is to end plastic pollution. According to EarthDay.org, Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health.Kate Whitbeck from Momentum Recycling, joined Emily Clark, to give a refresher course on what we can and should recycle.

Momentum Recycling provides recycling collection services to businesses, non-profits and state agencies in the Salt Lake Valley. They provide curbside glass recycling to residents in Salt Lake City and certain municipalities in Salt Lake County(Holladay, Millcreek, Emigration Canyon, Cottonwood Heights and Murray Annex).

Earth Day, founded in 1970, focuses on raising awareness around air and water pollution, and protecting our environment. The current recycling rate in Salt Lake City is almost 40%, and slightly less in Salt lake County. Recycling is important for many reasons.

One big reason is because it creates 10 times more jobs than landfilling. In the U.S., recycling and reuse accounts for more than 750K jobs, over $36 billion in wages and $6.7 billion in tax revenue.

Recycling and composting is a way of conserving natural resources and using them more wisely. We eliminate air and water pollution by recycling instead of extracting more natural resources.

Recycling and composting save enough energy to power 25 million homes for a year.

Upcoming Events:

The Hogle Zoo Party for the Planet is this Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features booths from local environmental non-profits, and education about how to live in harmony with native species here in Utah. Momentum Recycling and Utah Recycling Alliance (non-profit) will have booths there.

May 12th – Pop up CHaRM, organized by Yalecrest neighborhood at East High School. CHaRM stands for the ‘Collection of Hard to Recycle Materials.’

May 19th- next Fix It Clinic at the Leonardo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit MomentumRecycling.com.

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