Recycling Facts | Facts and stats about Recycling: Recycled paper generates 73% less air pollution that if it was produced from raw materials. Here are few interesting Recycling facts we all should be aware of:
- Starting 2015, all New York residents must recycle their old electronics like PCs and TVs, or face a US$100 fine.
- 14 billion pounds (6B Kilo) of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.
- Liposuctioned human fat can be recycled as fuel.
- Goldfish don’t have stomachs and should, therefore, be fed easily digestible food in lots of small feeding sessions.
- If the U.S. can raise its 34.5% recycling rate to 75%, it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road.
- In Finland, 9 out of 10 plastic containers are returned for recycling, and almost 100% of glass jars are also recycled.
- The “Doggone Project” in Germany works recycling deceased pets into fertilizer.
Aluminum Can – Recycling Facts:
- Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod.
- The Recycling of one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for 2 hours.
- Recycling can take an aluminum can back on a grocery store shelf within 60 days.
- Each year, Americans throw out enough soda cans and bottles to reach the moon and back 20 times.
- Recycling aluminum saves about 95% of the energy cost of processing a new aluminum.
Plastic – Recycling Facts:
- Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Each one takes 500 years to decompose.
- 90% of plastic bags in the U.S. are not recycled.
- Recycling one ton of plastic can save up to 2,000 gallons of gasoline.
- The money saved through the recycling depends on the efficiency of the recycling program. For instance, Virgin plastic resin costs about 40% less than recycled resin.
- Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours.
- Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.
Paper – Recycling Facts:
- Recycling one ton of paper saves about 682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic courts of landfill space.
- The CIA burns classified documents to heat their water.
- Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees.
- 95% of all data in the world is still stored on the paper. Most of it is never looked again.
- Recycling a single edition of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
- Paper recycling was first recorded in 1031 when Japanese shops sold repulped paper.
- 27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.
These are the various recycling facts.
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