America Recycles Day; Recycle Tips for Your Home, Business

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Why celebrate America Recycles Day? That’s easy—to encourage more people to join the movement. Keeping America beautiful takes teamwork and dedication. Check out all the social, environmental and economic benefits of the recycling movement and industry:

  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Saves energy
  • Prevents pollution
  • Reduces the need for new landfills
  • Lowers costs to businesses
  • Employs more than 1 million people

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Recycling is an important initiative at Consumers Energy. We stress the importance to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as part of our commitment to the environment. Throughout Michigan, we’ve placed special collection bins at our corporate offices, service centers and plants and have recycled:

  • 523,484 gallons of antifreeze
  • 5,938,603 gallons of used oil
  • 267,780 gallons of fuel
  • 16,266 gallons of paint
  • 608,694 pounds of batteries
  • 26,599 pounds of mercury equipment
  • 55,690 tons of metals
  • 67,822 yards of corrugated cardboard
  • 143,824 yards of paper
  • 253,363 tons of wood and wood products
  • All units – toner cartridges
  • 611,097 pounds of lamps
  • 190,948 pounds of electronics
  • 111,266 pounds of lighting ballasts
  • 4,985 tons of electrical equipment

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Consumers Energy also buys reusable, recycled and other environmentally products like:

  • Recycled paper
  • Cardboard products
  • Tires
  • Low-mercury fluorescent lamps

These achievements have helped conserve about 700,000 cubic yards of municipal landfill space.

You can recycle from your home and business too! Take the ‘I Recycle’ Pledge and recycle these top 10 items above. (from