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11 Facts about Recycling





  1. The average American uses 650
    pounds of paper each year – 100 million tons of wood could be
    saved each year if all that paper was recycled.

  2. Americans use 2.5 million
    plastic bottles every hour.

  3. A typical family consumes 182
    gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and
    26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers
    that can all be recycled!

  4. About 80% of what Americans
    throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.

  5. Every month Americans throw out
    enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper
    (think: Empire State Building), but all of these jars are
    recyclable!

  6. Plastic bags and other plastic
    garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea
    creatures a year! Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage
    Patch? It's twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere
    between San Francisco and Hawaii. It's also 80 percent
    plastic, and weighs in at 3.5 million tons.

  7. Recycling one ton (about 2,000
    pounds) of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to
    run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of
    energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2
    cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.

  8. The 17 trees saved by recycling
    one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon
    dioxide out of the air each year.

  9. If all of our newspapers were
    recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year! If
    every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we
    could save about 25 million trees each year.

  10. More than 20 million Hershey's
    Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of
    aluminum foil. Believe it not, ALL that foil is recyclable,
    but not many people realize it so most it goes in the trash!

  11. Recycling one aluminum can
    saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. In spite of
    this, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our
    entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months!




   
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