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Recycling Facts


Problematic Plastics 

  • A plastic bag has an average "working lifespan" of 15 minutes
  • It takes various plastics anywhere from 10-1,000 years to degrade, for example, 1 plastic bottle can take 450+ years to degrade
  • It takes a 15 year old tree to produce 700 grocery bags
  • Every minute, 1 million plastic bags are used while less than 1% are recycled
  • Recycling 5 plastic bottles can make 1 polyester shirt


Adaptive Aluminum

  • A used aluminum can can be recycled and back on the shelf as a new can in 60 days
  • Making 1 new can takes the same amount of energy as it does to make 20 recycled cans
  • 2/3 of aluminum ever produced is still in use today
  • Aluminum can be continuously melted down and recycled
  • It requires 95% less energy and water to recycle a can than it does to produce a new one from raw materials
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours

 

Complications with Cardboard and Paper

  • Recycling cardboard takes 75% of the energy needed to produce new
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard can save 46 gallons of oil
  • Americans throw away enough office paper to build a 12 ft high wall from Seattle to New York each year (new wall per year)
  • Recycling a 3 ft tall stack of newspapers saves 1 tree
  • 40% of all waste going to landfills is paper 
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper is thrown away each year in the US 

 

 Ghastly Glass 

  • Glass can be recycled and remanufactured an infinite number of times
  • Recycling glass decreases related water pollution by 50%
  • Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled
  • A modern glass bottle takes 4,000 years to decompose-even longer in a landfill
  • If all of the glass bottles and jars that were collected through recycling in the US in 1994 were laid end to end, they would reach the moon and half way back to Earth
  • Recycling 1 glass jar saves enough electricity to power an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours

 

Troublesome Tech (E-Waste)

  • E-waste includes: appliances, televisions, computers, stereos, common electronic devices, etc
  • In 2007, 82% (1.8 million tons) of E-waste ended up in landfills
  • E-waste constitutes 70% of toxic waste in the US
  • Only 12.5% of E-waste is recycled
  • It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuels, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture 1 computer and monitor

 

Eclectic Environment 

  • The US generates more waste than any other country (the US only represents 5% of the world population)
  • Recycling protects forests which in turn reduces CO2 emissions 
  • Recycling conserves up to 95% of fresh water used in mining and manufacturing processes for many materials
  • If US recycling levels reach 75% it will be the environmental equivalent to removing 55 million cars from the US roads each year- we are currently at 21.4%
  • 1 tree can filter ~60 lbs of pollutants from the air per year
  • Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 or more acres per minute
  • Oil doesn't wear out, it can be refined and reused
  • 1 qt of improperly disposed oil can contaminate 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water (now think of that aquifer that is under our feet)

 

 

 

 sources:

“10 Facts About Recycling That Might Surprise You.” Recycle Away, LLC, www.recycleaway.com/10-Facts-About-Recycling-That-Might-Surprise-You_b_43.html?utm_medium=cpc.

        “RECYCLING FACTS.” Recycle Across America, Standardized Recycling Labels, www.recycleacrossamerica.org/recycling-facts.

“Recycling Facts & Trivia.” Learn About Landfills, www.advanceddisposal.com/for-mother-earth/education-zone/recycling-facts-trivia.aspx.

“10 Facts About Recycling That Might Surprise You.” Recycle Away, LLC, www.recycleaway.com/10-Facts-About-Recycling-That-Might-Surprise-You_b_43.html?utm_medium=cpc    

USI. “Paper Recycling Facts.” University of Southern Indiana, www.usi.edu/recycle/paper-recycling-facts/.

“Recycling.” Glass Recycling Facts | Glass Packaging Institute, www.gpi.org/recycling/glass-recycling-facts.

“Glass Recycling Facts.” Lehigh County, www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Solid-Waste-Management/Recycling-Facts/Glass.

“Electronic Waste Facts.” The World Counts, 24 Apr. 2014, www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Electronic-Waste-Facts.