Facts

Did you know that the number of glass bottles and jars that we throw out every month is enough to fill up a giant skyscraper? Here are more recycling facts...

Recycling is important because the energy used to recycle a product is less than the energy used to create something new. Our health also benefits from recycling, as it removes pollution and harmful substances from the waste stream.

Recycling contributes greatly to preserving the natural resources we are so fortunate to enjoy in our area.

Plastic

  • It can take plastic products up to 500 years to decompose.
  • As many as 1 million sea creatures can be killed by plastic bags and garbage that are thrown into the ocean.
  • It is believed that Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every year
  • It is better to recycle plastic than burn it in a furnace.
  • Recycled plastics are later turned into toys, drainage pipes, sleeping bags, and composite wood decking.

Paper


  • Paper made from raw materials produces about 73% more air pollution than recycled paper.
  • The Sunday paper is responsible for the cutting down of 500,000 trees.
  • 6% of a tree is used up to make 500 sheets of paper.
  • A simple gesture like reusing a grocery bag for  a shopping trip can save about 60,000 trees.
  • For every ton of recycled newspaper, we save 17 trees.

Metals

  • In just 6 weeks aluminum cans can be recycled and made into new products.
  • One aluminum can when recycled, can save enough energy to run a TV set for three hours.
  • Aluminum cans can be  recycled many times.
  • Recycling 1 pound of steel can save enough energy to run a 60-watt light bulb for more than a day.
  • 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone are saved when 1 ton of steel is recycled.

Glass

  • Glass that is dumped in the landfills may never decompose.
  • Glass can be used again and again and is 100% recyclable
  • A 100-watt light bulb can burn for four hours by the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle.
  • Recycling glass produces 50% less water pollution and 20% less air pollution than manufacturing new glass.
  • Most new glass food jars contain at least 35% recycled glass.

Water

  • A simple act, like  turning off the water faucet while brushing your teeth, can save 9 gallons of water.
  • About  15% of the water in your house is used by your washing machine.
  • Nearly 35 gallons of water is consumed during a 5-minute shower.
  • About 40% of all the pure water in your house is flushed down the toilet.

More Recycling Facts

  • Every minute, 100 acres of rainforest are being cut down.
  • A baby, on average, generates a ton of garbage a year.
  • Around 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups are thrown away every year.
  • Each day, more than 20,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped.This involves 133 square miles of tinfoil which is actually recyclable; unfortunately, not many people realize it.
  • Recycling helps reduce oil costs! Read more...