Why is recycling so important?
Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours.
It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
10 million tons of newsprint is thrown away each year in the United States.
Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline.
Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and most are not recycled.
Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
Enough plastic bottles are thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times.
Only around 27% of plastic bottles are recycled.
Every minute an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled.
It takes between 400 and 500 years for a Styrofoam cup to decompose. It takes an orange peel six months to decompose.
Recycling 1 glass bottle or jar saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.