Recycling on Another Scale
Your kitchen harbors more than just recyclable bottles and cans. Last year, Americans recycled 39 million appliances, according to the Steel Recycling Institute. All those refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners and water heaters yielded enough steel to build 160 new football stadiums. If you add in steel cans, cars and construction materials, recycling steel saves enough energy to provide electricity for 18 million homes for one year.
If your town has curbside appliance pickup, it probably participates in a recycling program. (In 18 states, appliances must be recycled.) If not, go to, which lists more than 12,000 appliance-recycling centers— one of them near you.
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