Some Recycling Facts

  • Although it supports 4% of the world’s total people, North America consumes 25% of the World’s Resources.
  • The amount of paper along with wood thrown away in North America every single year is enough to heat 50,000,000 houses for 20 years.
  • In a lifetime, the typical North American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs. of trash for their children.
  • Recycling an aluminum can conserves enough energy in order to run a television set for an average of 3 hours or even light a 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.
  • You can generate 20 cans out of recycled content with the exact same quantity of power it takes to create one new one. Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our industrial air fleet several times every year.
  • A normal baby makes use of 10,000 baby diapers in their early life, making use of a cloth baby diaper cost 19 cents less compared to a disposable baby diaper. Each year 16 trillion diaper end up in trash dumps.
  • 10 million hectares of ancient forests are destroyed every year all over the planet, which is equivalent of 1 football field every 2 seconds.
  • A glass container can take as long as 4,000 years to break down.
  • An ink cartridge will take 1000 years to bio-degrade.
  • Manufacturing 1 ton of office and computer paper with recycled paper stock can save nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours over the same ton of paper made with virgin wood products.
  • By recycling 1 ton of paper: an individual decrease water pollution by 35% plus air pollution by 74%; an individual saves 4,800 kWh of energy, roughly the same as the average power consumption of a single household over a seven-month period; people save 16,330 gallons of water; people can make 11,324 simple rolls of toilet paper or 3,569 rolls of paper towels.
  • A single plastic bag takes 400 years to decompose.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • Recycling lets everyone reduce waste by an average of 80%.
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste materials can make just one job; land filling 10,000 tons of waste materials creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste, on the other hand, generates 36 jobs.
  • 9 out of 10 people would certainly recycle more if it were made easier.

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