Interesting Facts About Recycling to Keep in Mind

In the past couple years, "green" building has evolved. Houses are more frequently equipped with energy-saving appliances and made of recycled products. This change has led to more environmentally friendly homes. Here are 11 interesting facts about recycling to keep in mind:

  1. The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year.
  2. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  3. A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.
  4. About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
  5. Every month, Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper.
  6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures a year.
  7. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
  8. The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.
  9. If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year.
  10. More than 20 million Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil and most of that wrapper eventually goes in the trash.
  11. Recycling out aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours; however, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months.

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