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Test your recycling knowledge

Pasco County’s Recycling Update summer newsletter contained many facts about recycling. How many do you know?

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It takes a 15-year-old tree to make 700 paper grocery bags.

The average person creates about 4.5 pounds of trash every day.

During the time it take to read this sentence, 50,000 more 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.

People in the U.S. throw away more than 2.5 million plastic drinking bottles every hour.

Pasco County does not accept No. 6 plastic for recycling because it is mostly Styrofoam, which is largely are too costly to process, and usually contaminated with food.

Pasco accepts aluminum cans, metal food cans, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 plastic containers, clear brown or green glass.

Paper products and cardboard can be discarded at 21 Green Fiber containers at Pasco fire stations, libraries, parks and other buildings, as well as most Pasco schools.

For an eco-friendly tub cleanser, cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle kosher salt on one side and scrub the tub with the open face of the grapefruit.

To clean a microwave oven, put three tablespoons of vinegar in one cup of water and heat it in the microwave for five minutes. Leave the cup alone to cool, remove it with oven mitts and then wipe down the inside of the oven.

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