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Recycling Facts

by admin on August 20, 2008

Did you know…

Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour!

Recycled plastic is can be made into polyester carpets, plastic lumber, clothing, flower pots, insulation for sleeping bags & ski jackets, car bumpers and other products.

All soda cans are made from aluminum. Each American uses about 400 cans a year. If aluminum is recycled, 95% less energy is used than if it were made from scratch.

Cell phones, computers, and other technology release toxins into the environment when they are thrown away. The only way to stop the pollution is to recycle them.

The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s. The city’s first recycling plant was built in 1898.By 1924, 83% of American cities were separating some trash items to be reused.

About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!

Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

One-third of the water used in most homes is flushed down the toilet.

A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

For more recycling tips and ideas, please visit:
www.AwarenessIdeas.com

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