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Recycling Statistics

1.  Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.

2.  If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

3.  The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail-all of which can be recycled!

4.  In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space

5.  Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for 3 hours!

6.  That can returns to the grocer's shelf in as little as 60 days after collection.

7.  Most aluminum recovered is used to manufacture new cans.

8.  There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can can be recycled.

 

 

9.  Every pound of recycled PET plastic used in place of virgin material reduces energy use in plastic production by 84%!

10.  Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour - and most of them are thrown away!

11.  Each year, we use 1 billion  plastic shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste

 

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

13.  The recyclable materials in the U.S. waste stream would generate over $7 billion if they were recycled. That's equivalent to Donald Trump's net worth.

14.  About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!

15.  Each year, we use 1 billion  plastic shopping bags, creating 300,000  tons of landfill waste.

16.  The U.S. recycles approx. 32% of its total waste.  Let's pick it up!