Useful facts about recycling:
Recycling saves enough energy to electrically power the equivalent of 18 million homes for a year.
A glass bottle can take as long as 4,000 years to decompose.
An ink cartridge takes 1000 years to bio-degrade.
The amount of wood and paper North Americans throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours or light a 900 watt bulb for 20 hours.
You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.
Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our commercial air fleet 4 times every year.
A typical baby uses 10,000 diapers in their early life, and using a cloth diaper cost 19 cents less than a disposable diaper. Each year 16 trillion diaper end up in landfills.
If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they’d reach the moon and half way back to earth.
Manufacturing 1 ton of office and computer paper with recycled paper stock can save nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the same ton of paper made with virgin wood products.
By recycling 1 ton of paper: you reduce water pollution by 35% and air pollution by 74%; you save 4,800 kilowatt hours of electricity, the equivalent of the average power consumption of one household over a seven-month period; you save 16,330 gallons of water; you can make 11,324 simple rolls of bathroom tissue or 3,569 rolls of paper towels.
The unreleased energy contained in the average garbage can each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
Recycling lets you reduce waste by 80%, which adds up when you consider that 1 ton of paper takes up 2 cubic meters of landfill.
Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; land filling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.