10 Recycling Facts For America Recycles Day

10 Recycling Facts For America Recycles Day

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Saturday is America Recycles Day! No matter where in the world you’re from, any day that puts the spotlight on our environment is a cause for celebration.

More than 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

Americans only recycle about 5% of our plastics.

Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill.

In a single year, the US produces enough plastic to shrink wrap Texas.

Americans throw away enough plastic bottles each year to circle the Earth four times.

More than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines and 24 billion newspapers are published in the US every year! That’s a total of 69 million tons of paper and paperboard!

Recycling a single ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil and 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity!

More than 90% of products shipped in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes — totaling more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard!

Nearly 80% of all retailers recycle their cardboard.

Manufacturing recycled paper only uses 60% of the energy needed to make paper from new materials.

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