Recycling Fun Facts

4/3/2009

Aluminum:
• Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours!
• 350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!
• More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.
• Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.
• During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
• There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum cans can be recycled.
• We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.
• At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold?
Paper:
• To produce each week's Sunday newspaper, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
• If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
• During World War II when raw materials were scarce, 33% of all paper was recycled. After the war, this number decreased sharply.
• Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year: about 680 pounds per person.
• In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
• In 1993, nearly 36,000,000 tons of paper in the U.S.-twice as much in 1980.
• 27% of the newspapers produced in America are recycled.
• 544,000: Trees saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100 percent recycled ones.
• 20 million: Tons of electronic waste thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.
• 9 cubic yards: Amount of landfill space saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.
• $160 billion: Value of the global recycling industry that employs over 1.5 million people.
• 79 million tons: Amount of waste material diverted away from disposal in 2005 through recycling and composting.
• 5 percent: Fraction of the energy it takes to recycle aluminum versus mining and refining new aluminum.
• 315 kg: Amount of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products.
• 98 percent: Percentage of glass bottles in Denmark that are refillable. 98 percent of those are returned by consumers for reuse.
• 51.5 percent: Percentage of the paper consumed in the U.S. that was recovered for recycling in 2005.

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