Fun & Interesting Facts About Recycling

Recycling is about to process, prepare and reuse of existing materials. The most popular recyclable materials are aluminum, paper, glass, tin, organic and solid waste. The primary advantages of recycling are to control a different kind of pollution, save energy, environment and natural resources.

Save energy

For example, recycling a can made of aluminum can save enough energy to power a typical television for two hours. Recycling one glass bottle can save energy sufficient to power a light bulb (100 watts) for up to four hours and a fluorescent bulb for up to twenty-four hours. Each pound of steel, if recycled, can save energy to power a light bulb (60 watts) for more than 24 hours. Recycling of aluminum cans alone can save over 70% of the total production energy (source: ct.gov).

Save trees

Paper recycling is one of the most revolutionary aspects of the recycling process. Every year, at least four billion trees are being cut down to produce papers. Two to three billion of these trees can be saved by recycling existing papers. One ton of recycled paper can save at least seventeen trees in addition to energy, oil, water, and landfill space saving.

Save America

Aluminum can take over a hundred years to decompose. However, if it can be recycled and be made into a new can, the aluminum will only last on average, 2 months. On average, America uses 100 millions of aluminum cans, 90 million tons of papers, 25 billion plastic bottles, 25 billion coffee cups every year. Recycling 30-60% of these materials can save up to 60% of the total energy needed in America, per year.

More Recycling Facts

27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.

95% of all data in the world is still stored on paper. Most of it is never looked at again.

Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours.

One tone of

  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees.
  • Recycling one ton of plastic can save up to 2,000 gallons of gasoline
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

One aluminum can

Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod or can save enough energy to run a TV for 2 hours. Recycling can take an aluminum can back on a grocery store shelf within 60 days.

Marine Life

  • 14 billion pounds (6B Kg.) of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.
  • Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.
  • Goldfish don’t have stomachs and should, therefore, be fed easily digestible food in lots of small feeding sessions.

Meanwhile in Finland

In Finland, 9 out of 10 plastic bottles are returned for recycling and almost 100% of glass bottles are also recycled.

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  1. jonb1944@yahoo.com
    I try to recycle all I can but the refuse collector the city contracts with is throwing 80-90% of our recycles into the landfill, something need to be done to straighten them out, they are Republic Services. They get money in our monthly fee we pay to do this but they take the money anf=d fail to do what they contracted to do

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