Monday, May 28, 2007

Fun Recycling Facts

We thought we would share some fun and interesting recycling facts with you.

But before we do, on this Memorial Day, we would like to say THANK YOU to all who have served or are currently serving in our military. Thank you to those who have given so that we may live free in the awesome land!

Now for our fun facts.....
  • Throwing away a single aluminum can, versus recycling it, is like pouring out six
    ounces of gasoline. Last year, Americans recycled enough aluminum cans to
    conserve the energy equivalent of more than15 million barrels of oil.


  • The EPA estimates that 75% of what Americans throw in the trash could actually
    be recycled. Currently, only 25% is.


  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste
    creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.


  • The national recycling rate of 30 percent saves the equivalent of more than five billion
    gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels.
    This could be even higher!


  • The aluminum can is 100 percent recyclable and can be used to make new beverage
    cans indefinitely – demonstrating recycling at is finest! “Every can, every time!”


  • According to the EPA, recycling, including composting, diverted 68 million tons of
    material away from landfills and incinerators in 2001, up from 34 million tons in 1990.


  • Recycling 35 percent of our trash reduces global warming emissions equivalent to
    taking 36 million cars of the road.


  • Every Sunday 500,000 trees could be saved if everyone recycled their newspapers.


  • Think recycling is expensive? Consider this: aluminum cans are the most valuable
    item in your bin. Aluminum can recycling helps fund the entire curbside collection.
    It’s the only packaging material that more than covers the cost of collection and reprocessing for itself.


(www.RecycleCurbside.org)

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DivineFinds said...

Thank you for acknowledging our military today.

I think your recycling facts are fascinating and hope you will post more. They show how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. Great job!

Anonymous said...

thank you for caring about our military

Goodwill Recycling said...

Another way of recycling is to donate your used goods to thrift stores such as Goodwill. They accept used products from furniture to appliances, clothing and carpets. Visit the linked website to find your local Goodwill and visit the online website.

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