Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Importance of Recycling!

Did you know that:
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours
  • Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours
  • Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000–2,000 gallons of
  • The energy saved each year by steel recycling in the USA is equal to the electrical power used annually by 18 million homes or enough to last Los Angeles resident power for 8 years
  • More than 30 million trees are cut down to produce a year’s supply of newspapers
  • A ton of paper made from recycled paper saves:
    • 7,000 gallons of water
    • Between 17 and 31 trees
    • 60 pounds of air pollutants
  • Recycling a pound of steel saves enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.
  • The energy needed to replace all the aluminum cans wasted each year is equivalent to 16 million barrels of oil - enough to keep a million American cars on the road for one year
  • Americans recycle only 5% of all the plastics produced in this country.
  • Americans use 100 million steel cans and 200 million aluminum beverage cans every day.
  • One drip per second from a faucet wastes 540 gallons of water a year.
  • It takes between 400 and 500 years for a Styrofoam cup to decompose. It takes an orange peel six months to decompose.
  • Using recycled glass uses 40% less energy than making products from all new materials.
  • Today, almost 22% of the glass produced in the United States is recycled.
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  1. Wow ! That is some great and interesting facts. Just a little bit does wonders! Great post!

  2. yes! i'm always asking our town to recycle more. and we repurpose anything and everything we can

  3. WOW! I really had no idea. Three hours for one can...amazing!

  4. This is a really eye-opening list of ways we can lessen the impact we have on the planet! I'm grateful I live in a state that has a bottle/can recycling program. It might just be that $.05 encourages people to recycle!

  5. Great post. Education is the best way to promote recycling

  6. Amazing facts! I recycle as much as I can but there is always room for improvement.

  7. Oh my gosh! I've seen a lot of posts about recycling but this is very motivational! I like that you've really put down all the benefits! I'll have to pass this along for sure!

  8. Wow, those statistics really make you stop and think. We've got a long way to go, don't we?

  9. These are awesome facts to know! I recycle everything that I can and love knowing how it can make a difference!

  10. Interesting facts. I know we need to do a better job of recycling. I am going to make an effort to recycle and use less bottled waters and more reusable bottles. Thanks for the tips.

  11. I am all about recycling. These are really interesting facts and highlight the importance of us all doing our part!

  12. These are some great facts to continue to remind me how important recycling is!

  13. What a great list of facts. I do my best to recycle. I also try to figure out a way to reuse many items.

  14. Thank you for sharing, I think people are ignorant when it comes to this planet and what we as humans have done to it!

  15. I am really bad at recycling. This really makes me want to be better.

  16. Only 5%? That's NO good. We recycle everything we can and separating recyclables has become my son's newest responsibility.

  17. This is amazing information! I try so hard to recycle and be healthy. My husband has been fighting me on some of the eco-friendly things but like with things concerning our health, I think I eventually will win him over. :)

  18. When you see the numbers stacked up like this, it really does make you want to keep recycling! I have certain categories I'm weak at doing though.

  19. We recycle everything... our town just placed large recycling bins next to the garbage bins, so it is easier for many people to do. When I lived in Ireland, there would be pick ups right from everyone's home. Each home had a green bin for recycling, a brown bin for food, and a grey bin for things like batteries. Why we don't do that in North America is beyond me.

  20. I knew recycling was important but its nice to see it in stats!

  21. These are interesting facts. It makes me really glad that I recycle.

  22. I use to be so good at recycling when we lived in Germany but need to get better at it again!