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Using Refillable Plastic Bottles to Save the Environment

Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

In terms of sound and smell a recycle processing center is not the best job out there. But, it's making an impact.

Americans grab 60-million bottles of water per day. But now, instead of just asking you to recycle those plastic water bottles, Waste Management is saying maybe you shouldn't use them at all. "If you really want to do something good for the environment it is to get one of those plastic bottles you can reuse," said Justin Caporusso a spokesman for Waste Management.           

That's also the message behind the Washoe County Health Department's newest campaign, "I refill." Instead of buying a bottle of water, they want you to invest in a refillable bottle for water. "We want people to stop using so many single use plastic water bottles," said Tracie Douglas of the District Health Department.           

Considering 8 of 10 plastic bottles aren't recycled, you'd decrease the amount sent to the landfill and that's good for the environment.          

Considering a gallon of bottled water could cost up to $10 you'd also decrease the amount you spend and that's also good for you wallet.           

And considering most plastic bottles contain a chemical called BPA (known to cause diabetes and liver disease) you'd decrease your exposure and that's good for your health." There are tons of different chemicals used when you make a plastic bottle, but that particular one does leech into whatever particular beverage you're drinking," said Douglas           

Money used to promote reusing actually comes from the recycle fee you pay every time you buy a new tire. It's a campaign, meant to keep the environment rolling in the right direction.

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