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Facts About Recycling



  • Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours of light or light a 100 watt bulb for an entire day.
  • More than 500,000 trees are used to supply Americans with their weekly Sunday newspaper. Recycling one-tenth of their newspaper could save about 25 million trees every year.
  • It takes 17 trees to make one ton of paper
  • Five recycle two-liter PET bottles can be used to make one square foot of carpet.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most packaging and junk mail.
  • In 1993, U.S. Paper Recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • 27% of the newspaper produced in America are recycled.
  • The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s.
  • New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states---56%
  • On average it cost $30 per ton to Recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.

  • Each ton of recycle paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy and 7000 gallons of water!
  • Americans use more than 67 million tons of paper per year, or about 580 pounds per person.
  • Paper products make up the largest part (approximately 40 percent) of our trash.
  • Making recycle paper instead of new paper uses 64 percent less energy and uses 58 percent less water.
  • Every day Americans recover more than 2 million pounds of paper! That's about 40 percent of the paper we use.
  • Paper products use up at least 35 percent of the world's annual commercial wood harvest.
  • One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

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