Thursday, June 11, 2009

Facts About Recycling

Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper (think: Empire State Building), but all of these jars are recyclable!

The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year – 100 million tons of wood could be saved each year if all that paper was recycled.

The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.

About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.

Glass can be recycled virtually forever. It never wears out.

The energy saved by recycled just one bottle could light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.

Most bottles and jars that you use contain at least 25% recycled material.

Colorado is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of recycling and composting.

Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling.

Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months.

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