Did you know…? For Earth Day, Raising Awareness is the First Step

Did you know that trash stays in a landfill for about 30 years?

Did you know that 84 percent all household waste is recyclable?

Did you know that the average American creates 4.6 pounds of waste per day?

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day later this week, it’s important to remember that each of us can make a difference just by understanding how our everyday actions  – or inactions – can impact the environment. Consider some more of these quick facts from the folks at PlanetPals.com:

  • Each person uses about 12,000 gallons of water every year – and that one-third of all water is used to flush toilets.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 tress – and recycled paper requires 64 percent less energy to make, compared to making paper from virgin wood pulp.
  • The 500 million cars on the planet burn an average of two gallons of fuel each day, releasing about 40 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air. It’s no wonder carpoolers are rewarded with their own freeway lanes.

At Broadcom, we are committed to doing our part to help the environment, from our technology to our office policies. Last year, Broadcom’s Irvine CA headquarters generated more than 912 tons of debris but recycled more than 78 percent of it. That comes to more than 716 tons of waste that didn’t end up in a landfill. The same year, more than 18,000 pounds of e-waste was recycled at Broadcom’s Irvine, CA campus – 9 tons of waste that never made it to a landfill.

Broadcom is also committed to preserving water resources, using reclaimed water to service the restrooms and landscaping on the Broadcom campus. Through those efforts, the company saved more than 11.2 million gallons of drinking water.

Sometimes, awareness is the first step in changing habits. By educating others about the impact that their recycling efforts have on the environment, we’re all doing our part to preserve the Earth’s natural resources.

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