It’s time to focus on recycling

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

It’s time to talk about trees, recycling and paper shredding.

We generally take trees for granted, but they are a key to climate change. Photosynthesis (remember Bio 101) is the process by which trees turn sunlight into food for insects, wildlife and people. Trees provide nesting habitats, shade, beauty, and wood for home construction. Tree roots act as nature’s water filters just as leaves filter air pollution.

And trees are often turned into paper for everyday uses. The average American consumes about seven trees per year in wood and paper products.

Here’s where you can step up. Keep paper out of the trash by recycling. But take particular care when dropping personal papers into your single-stream bin because identity theft can begin in your bin. Paper shredding is a great option to protect your personal information and be assured the paper is being recycled.

Over the past two and a half years, Greenwich citizens have shredded 30.84 tons of paper from approximately 557 trees. All shreds were properly recycled.

The next shredding day is Nov. 1 at Island Beach parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $1 per box, or you can donate one can of tuna or fruit per box for the local Thanksgiving collection. There is a maximum of eight boxes per car.

Please be sure to remove all plastic, cardboard or metal bindings and clips. Staples are ok.

The event is sponsored by Santaguida Sanitation and the First Bank of Greenwich and organized by the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Greenwich Green & Clean. For information, email [email protected]

Joanne Clark

Old Greenwich

The author is a member of the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board.

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