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Recycling Facts

Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. – Trash to Can

Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. – Environmental Defense Fund

Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling. – Colorado Recycles

Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%. – Environmental Defense Fund

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. – Eco-Cycle

If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees–or about 26 million trees per year. – California Department of Conservation

The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year—or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years. – Steel Recycling Institute

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. – Seventh Generation Co.

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