1. A ¼ inch crack under your front door will waste as much energy as a 2” X 2” hole in your wall.
2. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
3. On average, a baby will go through 6000 disposable diapers before they are potty trained.
4. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Old oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again.
5. Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
6. There is a nonprofit company in Japan that recycles old dentures and donates the proceeds to UNICEF.
7. It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
8. Glass takes over 1,000,000 (one million) years to decompose in a landfill.
9. Old crayons don’t decompose but you can send your unused colors into Crazy Crayons to have them recycled into new!
10. Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
11. 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 landfilled MSW.
12. Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.
13. Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Bush Stadium from top to bottom twice a day!
14. It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
15. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make alum cans from new material.
16. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.
17. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
18. It is more likely that Americans will recycle than vote.
19. The United States makes up only 4% of the world’s population, yet it is the number one producer of garbage. In 2006, Americans generated more than 250 million tons of garbage. Canada produces 31 million tons of garbage per year.
20. Most communities spend more to deal with trash than they spend for schoolbooks, fire protection, libraries, and parks.
- Posted by Owens Waste
- On September 28, 2016
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