Why not RECYCLE?
1. Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills. (vi)
2. Paper makes up 40% of our daily trash. (vii)
3. Each person in America uses about 700 pounds of paper a year. (i)
4. Every day, Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. (i) If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year. (iv)
5. In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and back!).(v)
6. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.(iii)
7. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.(iv)
8. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.(iii)
9. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.(ii)
10. It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags. (vi)
11. Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them! (vi)
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- Green Waste. “A Brighter Shade of Green.” Recycling Stats. Accessed March 28, 2014.
- SustainAbility. “Recycling Facts.” Sustainability-Recycling. Accessed March 28, 2014. .
- Keep America Beautiful. “Recycling Facts & Statistics.” Recycling in General. Accessed March 28, 2014. .