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Recycling of Aluminum Cans


Our Legislatures passed a bill on recycling of aluminum cans on August 1st 2011 and the recycling program kicked off on June 15, 2012. The main purpose of this program is to help reduce the amount of trash that we thoughtlessly throw away every day in our environment and to help regain the beauty of our island. The leading agency in this environmental campaign is the office of Environmental Protection Agency along with the municipal governments, especially Madolenihmw, since it’s the only municipal that has a redemption center to collect cans. There are designated days for collection of cans, which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday is for Kolonia and Sokehs municipal citizens, Wednesday is for Kitti and Nett Municipal citizens and on Friday is for Madolenihmw and Uh municipal citizens. Collection centers are only two places which are in Madolenihmw, down at the ice plant, and the Kolonia Town recycling center behind Ellen’s Market.

Why You Need to Recycle That Can

Aluminum is everywhere. We see it in soft drink cans, beer cans, gutters, and more. What most people don’t realize is that aluminum is practically the perfect recyclable material. Out of the most common recyclable materials that clutter up our landfills—glass, paper, metals, cardboard, plastics—aluminum is the only material that’s endlessly recyclable, 100% recyclable, and that pays for itself. Here are some other interesting facts we bet you don’t know about aluminum recycling:

a.       It takes about 400 years for aluminum to break down naturally. That Coke can you just drank from will probably still look about the same in another century or two.

b.      Aluminum can be recycled over and over without breaking down. In theory, we have an inexhaustible supply of it in circulation right now. If we recycled all our aluminum, we’d never have to make more.

c.       Because our landfills are so full of aluminum cans, some landfills incinerate extra aluminum. This isn’t just a huge waste; it also pours toxic metals and gases into the atmosphere.

Things to consider in this campaign or program are that this will be an ongoing program and with that, the office of EPA is recommending that all citizens of Pohnpei who are interested in recycling must help this program by cleaning all aluminum cans. It must be a minimum total of 500 plus cans to recycle, to make things easy for the workers at the recycling area and for the betterment of companies that will be buying the collected aluminum cans. For example if you bring it 500 aluminum cans you will receive $25 dollars and it is worth buying what you need.

 

For more information regarding this program, you may call the office of Environmental Protection Agency at 320-1780.

 







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