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Fun Recycling Facts

Cans (Aluminum)

  • Every three months, Americans landfill enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet.
  • The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 250,000 cans in a lifetime.
  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.

Newspaper (Paper)

  • Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot high wall of paper that would stretch from New York to Seattle.
  • Making paper from recycled paper reduces contributions to air pollution by 95 percent.
  • Recycling a stack of newspapers just three feet high saves one tree.
  • Recycling eight newspapers each month can save eight trees per year.

Jars (Glass)

  • Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times.
  • Making glass products from recycled glass cuts related water pollution by 50 percent.
  • Recycling one glass jar saves enough electricity to light a conventional 60-watt bulb for four hours or an 11-watt CFL light bulb for 20 hours.
  • Recycling 10 glass bottles per week can save enough energy to power a conventional light bulb for 40 hours or a CFL bulb for 200 hours.

Bottles & Jugs (Plastic)

  • The United States recycles 3.3 billion pounds of post-consumer plastics annually.
  • The plastic recycling industry provides jobs for more than 52,000 American workers.
  • Five PET bottles (number one plastic) yield enough fiber for one extra-large T-shirt, one square foot of carpet, or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket.
  • Recycling 20 plastic bottles per week can generate enough fiber to make 208 T-shirts per year.
Revised May 31, 2016         


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