FACTS ABOUT RECYCLING
The recyclable materials in the U.S. waste stream would generate over $7 billion if they were recycled. Thatís equivalent to Donald Trumpís net worth.
In 2009, 3.4 million tons of aluminum were generated in the U.S. and only .69 million tons were recovered.
The aluminum cans recycled in 2010, stacked one on top of the other, would be 1,454 times taller than the Empire State Building.
Used aluminum cans are recycled and back on the shelf as new cans in as few as 60 days.
Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run your television for three hours.
The amount of energy saved just from recycling cans in 2010 is equal to the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil, or nearly two days of all U.S. oil imports.
In 2009, only 25% of all electronics at the end of their useful ďlivesĒ were collected for recycling.
In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That amount could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from New York to Los Angeles and back!
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.
In 2010, Americans recovered 63.5% of U.S. paperó an 89% increase in recovery since 1990. However, we threw away $2.8 billion worth of paper!
In 2010, Americans trashed enough paper to cover 26,700 football fields or 17,800 soccer fields in paper three feet deep.
31% of the paper and paperboard recovered in the U.S. in 2010 went to produce containerboard (i.e. corrugated boxes) and 12% went to produce boxboard (i.e. cereal boxes).
As of 2010, 80 percent of U.S. paper mills (115 mills) relied on recycled paper. In fact, it supplied 37 percent of their material.
Nearly 40% of the paper collected for recycling in the U.S. in 2010 was exported to China and other nations.
Using recycled scrap paper instead of virgin material saves 7,000 gallons of water per ton of paper produced.
In 2009, almost 30 million tons of plastics were generated in the United States, and only around 2 million tons were recovered.
In 2009, $485 million worth of plastic was wasted in the United States. Thatís enough for 1,000 households to live on the U.S. median income for nearly a decade.
With a 66.2% recycling rate, steel containers are one of the most recycled materials in the United States. Every minute, approximately 20,000 steel cans are recycled in the United States.
In 2009, 16 million tons of steel were generated in the U.S., and 5 million tons were recovered.
Each year, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined.
In 2009, Americans threw away 10.39 million tons of steel. That amounts to more than $3 billion in wasted material, or enough to buy lunch for everyone in the United States!
In 2009, we filled United States landfills with trash equivalent to the weight of 88 million cars.
(Source Keep America
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