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10 Facts About Recycling That Might Surprise You

Posted by Amanda Shepard on 9/11/2014 to Public Education
10 Facts About Recycling That Might Surprise You
Recycling Facts
We've put together 10 of our favorite facts about recycling that might surprise you. We hope you enjoy!

  1. At 56%, New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states. We’re not surprised; many of our customers are from New Jersey and we hope to help other states reach such impressive numbers.
  2. Recycle or go digital: Every Sunday, the US wasted nearly 90% of the recyclable newspapers. This equates to about 500,000 trees! (source: montgomeryschools.org)
  3. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours. (source: benefitsofrecycling.com)
  4. One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year. (source: montgomeryschools.org)
  5. The smelly truth: A cloth diaper washed at home costs about $.03 per use, whereas a disposable diaper costs about $.22 per use. The difference adds up; A typical baby uses around 10,000 diapers – An almost $2,000 difference!
  6. Moving in the right direction: In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990. (source: dosomething.org)
  7. Enough plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States each year to circle the Earth four times. (source: benefitsofrecycling.com)
  8. Bring your own bags: It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags. (source: epa.gov)
  9. Do you compost? Every year we generate around 14 million tons of food waste, which is 106 pounds of food waste per person. 570,000 tons of this is composted for a 4.1% recovery rate. The rest, or 13.4 million tons, is incinerated or landfilled and occupies 6.3 million cubic yards of landfill. (source:epa.gov)
  10. This hits close to home: Five recycled plastic bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket. (source: montgomeryschools.org)

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