Aluminum, glass, and paper are the three materials most easy
It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means
it can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
Most families throw away about 40 kg plastic a year.
The first real recycling program was introduced in New York
City in the 1890s.
Paper products make up approximately 40 percent of our
Every day Americans recover more than 2 million pounds of
One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the
air each year.
More than 1/3 of all fiber used to make paper comes from
Every year more than 900 million trees are cut down to
provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
Around 45% of the paper Americans use each year is recovered
Since 1978, the weight of a soda bottle has been reduced by
Plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the ocean
kill as many as a million sea creatures every year.
Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it
in an incinerator.
Plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in a
Since 1950, we have consumed as much as all the generations
before us combined.
Every time a ton of steel is recycled, it means 2,500 pounds
of iron ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of
limestone will not have to be mined from the Earth.
Recycled materials can return to the marketplace in as
little as 30 days.
To create just 1 kilogram of consumer goods, manufacturers
create 5 kilograms of waste.
The average American uses 650 lbs. of paper per year.
Ford motor company indicates that 75% of every vehicle is
The energy saved by recycling 1 bottle will power a computer
for 25 minutes.
Nearly 65 percent of America's aluminum cans are recycled.
Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of
oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of
energy and 7,000 gallons of water.