Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.
The 17 trees saved by recycling 1 ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
If every American recycled just 1/10 of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
The amount of wood paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the US.
In 1993, US paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution.
Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for 3 hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours
Your can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.
Americans throw away enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
Five recycled plastic bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours or the equivalent of a ½ gallon of gasoline.
An aluminum can that is thrown away today will still be a can 500 years from now!
Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles are jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
Americans throw away enough office and writing paper annually to build a wall 12 feet high stretching from Los Angeles to New York.
Americans generate on average 4.4 pounds of waste per person per day.
Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.