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This article is full of interesting and helpful recycling facts. They can help you add some flavor to your reports, spice up your presentations, or be just for fun.

  • In the United States alone there are 4 million plastic bottles used every hour.
  • The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
  • Metal is the easiest “element” to recycle and it is used in everything.
    Recycling Facts

    The average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years.

  • We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
  • Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade.
  • Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over nine cubic yards of landfill space.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
  • Each year, Americans throw out enough soda pop cans bottles to reach to the moon and back—twenty times.
  • It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

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