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Your Stuff: Recycling Makes a Difference - February 2, 2011
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Recycling everything you can at home is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions. Making products from raw materials requires mining and energy, both of which create carbon emissions. Making new products from recycled materials reduces the need for mining raw materials and uses much less energy.

Oregonians recycle enough material every year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 740,000 cars off the road. Portlanders continue to recycle well above other U.S. cities with a 67 percent recycling rate.

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you can recycle glass, paper, metal and many plastics through your recycling collection system. You can also bring materials that you can’t recycle through your household system to a local recycling center.


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