Some Interesting Facts about Recycling You Should Know
Waste has become a huge negative impact on our environment. Tons of harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are produced and released from landfill sites. By recycling our waste, we can help save our planet from continuous damage. Here are a few facts about recycling that may better incline you to begin recycling yourself:
- Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but unfortunately Americans only recycle about 30% of waste.
- Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make aluminum cans from new material
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two full weeks.
- The average person generates over four pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
- Americans produce 21.5 million tons of food waste each year.
- Americans throw away on average 25,000,000 plastic bottles away every hour.
- If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
- In 2009, Americans threw away almost nine million tons of glass. That amount of glass is enough to fill tractor trailers to stretch from New York City to Las Angeles and back.
- Nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down each year to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
- It takes one 15 year-old-tree to produce only 700 grocery bags.
- In 2010, paper recycling has increased over 89% in America since 1990.
- Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
There are many ways you can recycle and be a part of helping your environment. Here are a few tips that you could use when it comes to recycling:
- Buy products that can be recycled.
- Avoid buying hazardous material. Try to buy safer alternatives to household cleaners and non-toxic products.
- Make sure you have a recycling bin at your home to throw all your recyclables away (most recycle bins have what products are recyclable on the lid, if they don’t you can find a list online).
- Create your own compost for your garden.
- After mowing your lawn, leave the grass clippings in the yard instead of throwing them away. They will turn into nutrients and will act as a fertilizer for the soil.
- Plant trees in your yard! Planting trees helps improve the environment by reducing global warming and providing a home for many animals.
- Find your nearest local recycling facility, they are provided for community use.
- Schools and business often have community projects you can participate in to help recycle