What is recycling? Recycling is the process that sorts, processes, and changes unwanted waste materials (plastic, glass, aluminum, etc.) into new products.
What can I recycle? Recyclable materials include: glass, paper, metal, plastic, fabrics, and electronics. Food and lawn waste can be recycled as it is biodegradable and can be turned into compost.
Why should we recycle? Recycling is benefitial, it can cut back on the use of new raw materials, to reduce excessive energy use, to prevent waste of potentially dangerous materials, to reduce harmful air and water pollution, and to lower gas emissions.
More than 60% of the trash that ends up in trash bins can be recycled.
Recycling a single aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water!
More than 1/3 of all fiber used to make paper comes from recycled paper.
One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.
Motor oil never wears out. It just gets dirty and can be recycled, refined, and used again.
Glass and aluminum cans are100% recyclable and be used again and again.
On average it takes only one month for an aluminum can to travel from the bin, be recycled, and placed back on the shelf again.
It only takes five PET (#1 plastic bottles) to yield enough fiber to make one XL shirt!
If Americans recycled just 1 out of every 10 of their newspapers, it would save 25 million trees per year.
Plastic bags and garbage thrown into our oceans kill more than 1,100,000 marine mammals, fish and sea creatures every year.