2011-08-25 / Letters

One Person And One Aluminum Can

To The Editor:

Remember how an election was lost by one vote? Or the horse that lost one shoe causing a war to be lost? How about one person thinking their aluminum can doesn’t matter if it is trashed or sold? The aluminum in one single can is worth up to 2-1/2 cents. Here is an example of what that one can represents with 30 cans weighing one pound.

The 2010 Census counted 14,845 residents in Fulton County. If each person used one aluminum 12-ounce can on one day and threw it into the trash, that would equal 495 pounds. Prices paid for cans may vary from 50 cents to 75 cents per pound so the cans thrown away were worth up to $371. Don’t forget – one can per day.

Multiply that by 30 days of tossing aluminum cans into the trash and the month total is $11,134. For one year of tossing into the trash is $133,605.

Each person in the county is only using one 12-ounce can per day and giving it the toss. Comprehend if two cans per person per day were to be thrown. Or three.

You know where money like that is needed for many community or youth groups rather than buried in a landfill. All it takes is recycling or a group collecting the cans and selling them. This income can pay toward the expense of curbside recycling. There are many acts about recycling but the most important is to want it and use it. Recycle everything and make the landfill a thing of the past.

Bill Pechumer

Hagerstown, Md.

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