Interesting Facts About Recycling


  • In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his/her body weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs. of trash for his/her children..
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • 350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute.
  • We use over 80,000,000 aluminum can every year.
  • There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum cans can be recycled.
  • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  • Five recycled two-liter soda bottles can be used to make one square foot of carpet.
  • The same amount of bottles makes enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
  • It takes 17 average-sized trees to make one ton of paper.
  • Making one ton of recycled paper uses only 60% of the energy needed to make one ton of virgin paper.
  • Americans use 85 million tons of paper a year: about 680 lbs. per person.
  • If everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of their newsprint, we would save the estimated equivalent of about 25 million trees a year.
  • One ton of recycled paper saved 3,700 lbs. of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water.
  • Recycling saves energy and preserves natural resources.
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