According to TreeHugger.com- nearly 75% of Americans are now doing some sort of recycling. That's a pretty amazing number. Thanks to the efforts of environmental groups, local governments and opportunistic entrepreneurs... the recycling movement has gained a solid foothold in American households. Here are ten facts about recycling you probably didnt know...
Fact 1 An aluminum can that is recycled is melted down, re-manufactured and back on store shelves in about 60 days. There is no limit to the number of times a can be recycled. But an aluminum can that sits in a landfill will still be an aluminum can in 500 years.
Fact 2 The Sunday edition of the New York Times weighs about 4 lbs. With a Sunday circulation of 1,438,585, recycling a single run would save 75,000 trees.
Fact 3 Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away! 70% of plastics in the US are made from natural gas.
Fact 4 The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
Fact 5 The average American discards 1200 pounds of organic garbage every year that could be composted. Here's a great website to teach you how you build a compost bin.
Fact 6 A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again, reducing our reliance on foreign oil.
Fact 7 An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space -- that's almost 40 football fields. Do you recycle your aluminum foil? You should...
Fact 8 Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
Fact 9 The Fresh Kills Landfill on the New York City borough of Staten Island, was formerly the largest landfill in the world, at 2200 acres and was New York City's principal landfill in the second half of the 20th century. The landfill gas produced daily at Fresh Kills Landfill is enough fuel to heat 50,000 homes.
Fact 10 It takes half a barrel of crude oil to produce the rubber for just one truck tire. Check out how one tire company is now producing tires made of orange oil. Producing one pound of recycled rubber versus one pound of new rubber requires only 29% of the energy.