Recycling Fun Facts!

  • An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space — that’s almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
  • Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
  • A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose — and even longer if it’s in the landfill.
  • In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  • Every hour, Americans use 4 million plastic bottles, but we recycle only one-fourth of them.
  • About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!
  • Where does the trash go? When you throw something “away”, it doesn’t go away! Trash is either burned, buried, recycled or dumped into rivers and oceans.
  • Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them!
  • Every minute of every day over 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in the U.S
  • Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass. Glass never wears out – it can be recycled forever.
  • Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees in newsprint each year.
  • Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year. That’s enough to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from New York to California.
  • The world’s forests are being destroyed at the rate of 1 acre per second. Every 16 minutes, a forest the size of New York’s Central Park is destroyed. Every day, a forest the size of Philadelphia (74,000 acres) is lost, and every year, an area the size of Pennsylvania (27 million acres) is ruined.
  • It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items
  • It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down) in a landfill
  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
  • In the United States the average person throws away 600 times their weight in garbage during their lifetime.
  • When an aluminum can is placed it the garbage, it is the same as wasting six ounces of gasoline.
  • Recycling 35 percent of our trash reduces global warming emissions equivalent to taking 36 million cars of the road.
  • In the United States, the amount of steel that is discarded and not recycled every year is enough to build all the new American-made cars.




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