When you hear the phrase “Don’t be trashy,” you’re probably thinking more along the lines of “Don’t be a hot mess” or “Don’t be slutty.” While keeping it classy and not trashy is certainly a good motto to live by, try thinking about it in the more literal sense. DoSomething.org and Nestlé Waters launched a recycling campaign on December 23 called Don’t Be Trashy to make information about recycling more accessible to people our age and to give us more ways to get involved. Their interactive website provides an outlet to share recycling project ideas.
Here are some recycling facts:
- The average person throws out four pounds of trash per day
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that while 75% of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30% is actually recycled
- Recycling saves 3 to 5 times the energy generated by waste-to-energy plants, even without counting the wasted energy in the burned materials
- All teens involved are eligible for a free movie ticket (while supplies last) and a $500 college scholarship
You can visit www.dosomething.org/trashy or text “TRASHY” to 38383 to get involved!