News Release template – Recycling Myths

[Insert town] - It’s easy to come up with excuses not to recycle. Some think it isn’t effective or economical, its takes too much time or that it’s just going to decompose in a landfill anyway. But the truth is those excuses are myths. Recycling is easy, effective and economical. Get informed and start making a real difference.

“Recycling can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease our dependency on foreign oil and create jobs,” says Kelley Dennings, education and outreach project manager with the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance. “It is an easy way to make a difference for our environment.”

Myth #1: Recycling is not economical
- False! An array of companies across the state help turn discarded materials into everyday things, all the while creating jobs for our citizens and investing in our economy. In fact, North Carolina’s “recycling economy” is one of the fastest growing job engines in the state. With more than 14,000 North Carolinians employed in recycling, it is imperative that every household, business, industry and government agency throughout the state help these companies grow and hire more people by making a commitment to recycle as much material as possible.

Myth #2: Recycling is difficult
- False! Many people believe that recycling is too difficult or time consuming, but recycling is easier than ever. Labels or caps no longer need to be removed before recycling plastic or glass bottles. Crushing products saves space but isn’t required. Newspaper inserts no longer need to be removed. All you have to do is remember to toss your recyclables in a bin. How easy is that?

Myth #3: Trash decomposes in a landfill
- False! Landfills are designed so that little oxygen or moisture flows through the garbage - two essential components of decomposition. These highly engineered facilities are not meant to break down trash, but rather bury it. This design helps prevent decomposing materials from contaminating ground water and nearby soil. Although some degradation does occur, it takes decades or centuries (depending on the material). Thus, recycling creates more space in landfills and lessens the chance of trash leeching into our soil and water.

Now that these myths have been debunked, it’s easy to see that you can make a difference by recycling. To find out what you can do locally, visit [insert website], for more information about recycling in [insert town].

Suggestions for Tailoring Myths News Release to Your Community

Quote ideas:
-[Insert town] has commingled collection which makes recycling even easier. Commingled recyclables are taken to a material recovery facility where the recyclables are separated from each other.
-[Insert company name] is a recycled content manufacturer or recycling company in [Insert Town] and employs [number] of people.
-[Insert town] does or does not have a landfill. By having or not having a landfill . . . .

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