In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his/her adult weight in garbage. If you add it up, this means that a 150-lb. adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs of trash for his/her children.
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.
Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp.
The average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years. Americans buy an estimated 28.9 billion plastic water bottles every year. Nearly 8 out of 10 bottles will end up in a landfill.
Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.
Recycling aluminum saves money, energy, and manpower because preparing aluminum products from virgin metal consumes close to 100 times the power required to recycle aluminum.
Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink wrap Texas.
Every day Americans use enough steel and tin cans to make a steel pipe running from Los Angeles to New York . . . and back. Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis.
When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
Twenty-six recycled PET bottles equals a polyester suit. Five recycled PET bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket. Manufacturers can make one extra large T-shirt out of only five recycled plastic soda bottles.
If 100,000 people could stop their junk mail, we could save up to 150,000 trees annually.
Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil.