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50 INTERESTING RECYCLING FACTS

by  (Courtesy roadrunnerwm.com)

50 Interesting Recycling Facts

CARDBOARD FACTS 

1. Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy required to make new cardboard

2. Over 90% of all products shipped in the U.S. are packaged in corrugated boxes, which makes up more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard

3. Around 80% of retailers and grocers recycle cardboard

4. 70% of corrugated cardboard is recovered for recycling

5. Approximately 100 billion cardboard boxes are produced each year in the U.S.

6. One ton of recycled cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil

7. One ton of recycled cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space


50 Interesting Recycling Facts

ORGANIC FACTS

8. Nearly half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste—approximately 3,000 pounds per second

9. Only about 5% of food is diverted from landfill

10. The U.S. produces approximately 34 million tons of food waste each year

11. Food scraps make up almost 12% of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.

12. In 2015, about 137.7 million tons of MSW were landfilled. Food was the largest component at about 22%


 50 Interesting Recycling Facts

PLASTIC FACTS

13. 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour in America

14. Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making it from raw materials

15. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times

16. Only 23% of disposable water bottles are recycled

17. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose

18. Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000–2,000 gallons of gasoline

19. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator

20. Styrofoam never decomposes

21. The world produces more than 14 million tons of Polystyrene (plastic foam) each year

22. Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year


50 Interesting Recycling Facts

GLASS FACTS

23. A modern glass bottle would take 4,000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in landfill

24. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity

25. More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars go to landfills every year. That's enough to fill two Empire State Buildings every three weeks

26. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt lightbulb for four hours


50 Interesting Recycling Facts

PAPER FACTS 

27. Americans use 85 million tons of paper per year which is about 680 pounds per person

28. 70% of the total waste in offices is paper waste

29. Recycling one ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water

30. The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year

31. American businesses use around 21 million tons of paper - with about 750,000 copies made every minute

32. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 mature trees

33. Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree

34. Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. 


50 Interesting Recycling Facts

ALUMINUM FACTS

35. The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in their life

36. An aluminum can can be recycled and back on a grocery store shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days

37. Aluminum can be recycled forever without any loss of quality

38. Aluminum can be recycled using only 5% of the energy used to make the product from new materials

39. Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours


50 Interesting Recycling Facts

GENERAL FACTS

40. Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year 

41. About 11 million tons of textiles end up in U.S. landfills each year — an average of about 70 pounds per person

42. In 2007, 1.8 million tons of e-waste ended up in landfills

43. The average person generates 4.4 pounds of solid waste every day

44. In 2014, The U.S. generated 258 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW)

45. The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it

46. 94% of the U.S. population has access to some type of recycling program

47. Americans generate an additional 5 million tons of waste throughout the holidays

48. Americans throw away enough trash in an average year to circle the earth 24 times. 

49. Electronic waste totals approximately 2% of the waste stream in the U.S

50. On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.


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