Why Should I Recycle Anyway?

As a follow-up to our recycling and trash collection information articles in the last two newsletters, the following are some recycling facts. These were submitted by Elissa Kolba-Davis who is an active CNO member. Thank-you Eilssa!

Making new paper from recycled paper uses 30-50% less energy than making paper from trees and it reduces contributions to air pollution by 95%.

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.

Because glass takes so long to decompose, the bottle you throw away today might still be littering the landscape in the year 3000.

The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for 3 hours.

For every ton of waste paper recycled, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved.

Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

The average family produces about 100 pounds of trash every week.

Annually, Americans produce the equivalent of 10 pounds of plastic for every person on Earth.

At the rate we're generating garbage, we need 500 new landfills every year.

How much garbage will you generate in a lifetime? About 600 times your adult weight.

The average American uses about 580 pounds of paper per year.

If you throw away 2 aluminum cans, you waste more energy than is used daily by each of a billion human beings in poorer lands.

The largest single source of waste paper collected for recycling is corrugated boxes.

Every year, Americans generate about 1,200 pounds of solid waste.


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