It IS America Recycles Day. The one, the only. If you are interested in finding out more info on what today is all about, feel free to check out America Recycles Day, Are You American? a post I wrote for the official blog of PlantMyPhone.

Otherwise, get some of my favorite quick recycling facts below. 
(If you are using these for research, contact me and I will supply you with all the sourcing information.) Enjoy!

  • Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis.
  • The 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. (Some day we’ll be mining our landfills for the resources we’ve buried.)
  • Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
  • Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to produce them.
  • Each of us uses approximately one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year.
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for five months.
  • Just over 48% of office paper is recovered for recycling. This becomes raw material for paperboard, tissue, and printing and writing papers.
  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum from raw materials. Energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years.
  • When you toss out one aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.

 

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