11 Cool Facts about Recycling
Did You Know...
1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
2. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recylce about 30% of it.
3. In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.
4. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iTouch. Recylcing 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.
5. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
6. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energey used to make aluminum cans from new material.
7. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.
8. Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
9. In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That would fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles and back.
10. In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.
11. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year. Save trees!