KENNEWICK — One of the many jobs at the Tri-City Herald is to collect the recyclables.
Emptying out the bottled water so the containers can be reclaimed can be a bit time consuming, but consider some facts of NOT doing this.
Going back to 1976 the Beverage Marketing Corp. showed the average American as going through 1.6 gallons of bottled water.
By 2006, that's looking like 28.3 gallons annually.
While that's great for health reasons, as opposed to drinking pop, think about the disposal of the plastic bottles.
Imagine if you only take a couple of swallows out of that, screw the cap back on it and toss it aside. That ends up being a whole lot of water, encased in plastic, a notoriously slow component to break down, sitting in landfills.
Again, the Beverage Marketing folks are telling us plastic recycling in recent years as almost tripled.
While this is fantastic as opposed to them being put in the trash, if this is largely made up of the water bottles, we really want the containers to be empty. Just triple that 28.3 figure and think of most of them containing water and you've got a lot of water locked up for years in a really needless manner.
Recycling about a ton a plastic saves somewhere around 7.4 yards of landfill space.
Just make sure that if it's a plastic water bottle going there, it is a empty container!