The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Facts & figures

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. The Environmental Protection Agency co-sponsors this day to promote recycling. What’s in America’s trash?

71.6 million tons of paper

31.6 million tons of yard trimmings

15.3 million tons of metals

14.4 million tons of plastics

13.2 million tons of food scraps

12.5 millions tons of glass

10.8 million tons of trash such as rubber, leather, textiles, wood and miscellaneous inorganic waste

Source: EPA consumer Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste.

For an ELCA view on the environment, see the social statement Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice (www.elca.org/socialstatements/environment/).


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