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Recycling Fun Facts!

by admin on July 23, 2008

  1. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  2. More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.
  3. Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.
  4. During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
  5. An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  6. There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can can be recycled.
  1. To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  2. Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  3. If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
  4. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.


  1. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  2. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  3. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as buring it in an incinerator.
  4. American throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  1. Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
  2. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  3. A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose — and even longer if it’s in the landfill.

  1. More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
  2. Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct!
  3. McDonald’s saves 68,000,000 pounds of packaging per year just by pumping soft drink syrup directly from the delivery truck into tanks in the restaurant, instead of shipping the syrup in cardboard boxes!
  4. The largest environmental organization in the world is the National Wildlife Federation. It has 5,600,000 members!
  5. Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!

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