Thursday, July 9, 2009

Recycling Works!

According to stats from, Recycling Works! What can you do?

    • 1,500 aluminum cans are recycled every second in the U.S.
    • Recycling an aluminum soda can saves 96% of the energy used to make a can from ore, and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.
    • It takes the energy equivalent of half a soda can of gasoline to produce one soda can from bauxite ore.
    • In 1986, 48.7% of all aluminum cans were being recycled. In 1990, that percentage increased to 63.6% and, in 1996, 63.5% were being recycled.
    • The amount of paper recycled annually by the average American in 1995 was 301.8 lbs., increasing in 1996 to 329 lbs.
    • Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
    • One ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,200 kilowatt hours (enough to heat your home for half year), 390 gallons of oil, and prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants.
    • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollutants, 35% less water pollutants, and 75% less process energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.
    • Sixty percent of the world's lead supply comes from recycled batteries.
    • It takes 90% less energy to recycle an aluminum can than to make a new one.

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