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Recycling Facts For Kids & Adults

Aluminum Cans – 1 Can Saves Enough Energy To Run a TV For 3 Hours. (Source: EPA)

After recycling, an aluminum can is usually repurposed within 60 days. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

Aluminum cans make up less than 1% of waste in the United States because they are the #1 recycled item. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

Compost – About 34% Of Our Municipal Waste Stream Could Be Composted (EPA)

Curbside Recycling – Approximately 9,000 Curbside Recycling Programs Exist Across The U.S. (EPA)

Food Waste – 33,000 Americans Throw Out About 33 Million Tons Of Food Every Year. (EPA)

Glass bottles, like aluminum, is infinitely recyclable - without any loss in purity or quality. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

Glass Bottles – 1 Glass Bottle Can Power A Computer For 30 Minutes (Source: GPI)

Glass bottles take 4,000 years to decompose. (Source:  Rubiconglobal.com) 

Mixed Paper – Recycling 1 Ton Of Mixed Paper Can Save The Energy Equal To 185 Gallons of Gasoline (EPA).

Paper - On average, U.S. businesses use around 21 million tons of paper every year.  For every 1 ton of paper that's produced, roughly 390 gallons of oil is used to make it. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

Phone Books – Recycling Just 500 Phone Books Could Save 7,000 Gallons Of Water (Source: AF & PA)

In the United States, we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour - about 42,00 per minute, or about 695 per second. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

Recycling 1 plastic Bottles saves enough energy to light a 60-Watt Bulb for 6 hours or power a computer for 25 minutes. (Source: Earth 911 - October  2012)

It only takes 5 plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket. (Source: Rubiconglobal.com)

The amount of plastic film and wrap produced annually could shrink-wrap the state of Texas.

Shingles – 200 Feet Of A 2-Lane Highway Can Be Paved By The Recycled Shingles From An Average Sized Home (Source: Owens Corning)

Americans Use 100 million steel cans every day. (Source:  Earth 911 - October 2012)

Steel – When A Ton Of Steel Is Recycled, 2,500 lbs of iron ore, 1,400 Pounds Of Coal  and 120 lbs. of limestone Is Conserved (Source: Earth 911 - October 2012 )