In some cases, the apparent lack of interest or participation in various recycling initiatives is based simply on a lack of knowledge and information. However, when we understand the impact of pollution and the potential that recycling presents to preserving the environment and saving money, it is almost impossible to ignore. Here are some amazing recycling facts that should inspire just about anyone to reconsider what they do with their waste:
- More than half a million trees are chopped down and processed to make only the Sunday newspapers for a major city every week.
- Plastic bottles can be recycled to make useful products, such as T-shirts, park benches, carpets, the filling for sleeping bags, rubbish bags and pipes.
- Recycling a single aluminum can saves energy equivalent to 6 ounces or almost 30 millilitres of petrol.
- Making one new can uses the same amount of energy as making 20 cans out of recycled material.
- Every glass bottle that gets recycled conserves sufficient energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for about four hours or your television for about 90 minutes.
- If all Americans recycled all the iron and steel that they are currently discarding, they could supply every car maker in the entire country with metal for car production on an indefinite basis.
- On an individual scale, recycling all of your glass, paper, cardboard and metal, you could reduce carbon emissions by about 850 pounds (or 385.5 kilograms) every year.
- Each person creates about 4.4 pounds (or 2 kilograms) of waste a day.
- The amount of energy saved by recycling one can may be used to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 20 hours or a television playing for three hours.
- Disposable nappies or diapers are very difficult to get rid of in a safe and permanent way. Approximately eight million of them are discarded every day, only to fill the landfills and oceans of the world.
- Plastic bags (used for shoping) take about a century to degrade and over 150 million are used every week all over the world.
- Recycling one ton (or 1000 kilograms) of paper saves:
- 17 trees
- 7000 gallons (or 26 500 litres) of water
- 24 gallons (or 90 litres) of petrol
- 41 000 kilowatts of energy
- 464 gallons (or 1756 litres) of oil
- 3.5 cubic yards (or 2.7 cubic metres) of landfill space
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