Fun Facts About Recycling

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Fun Facts About Recycling 1
  • Recycling one ton of cardboard can free up 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Every year in the U.S. about 100 billion cardboard boxes are manufactured.
  • In America about 2.5 million plastic bottles are trashed every hour.
  • Every year, there is enough plastic thrown away to circle the earth four times.
  • Out of all the plastic bottles produced only 23% are ever recycled.
  • Did you know that it takes 1,000 years for plastic bags to decompose?
  • Aluminum cans are so quick to recycle that from moment its recycled it is back on the grocery shelf within 60 days.
  • Every ton of glass recycled into a new glass saves 694 lb of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
  • Every year, more than 28 billion glass bottles are thrown away. Which accumulates to enough glass that will fill up 2 Empire State buildings every 3 weeks.
  • If you recycle only one glass bottle it can preserve enough energy to maintain a 100W lightbulb for about 4 hours.
Fun Facts About Recycling 2
Fun Facts About Recycling 3
  • Did you know glass is 100% recyclable? It can be recycled infinitely and not lose its purity or quality.
  • In office settings about 70% of the waste is primarily paper.
  • Did you know recycling only one ton of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water?
  • Every holiday season, Americans add an additional 5 tons of waste.
  • About 75% of American waste is recyclable, but only 30% is ever recycled.