Facts about Recycling

Facts about RecyclingFACTS about recycling everyday waste management and recycling that’ll make you go, “Whoa!”

We all know that waste, once tossed into a trash can, ends up buried in a landfill or incinerated. We’re taught plenty of facts about recycling in schools, read about new ones online, and see constant reminders about it on TV.

Yet somehow, we can’t seem to quantify or visualize the cumulative pile of rubbish we’re each creating because we’re desensitized by the large numbers splattered about, numbers so vast that they stretch behind our comprehension.

Green Blizzard is all about making suggestions about how to reduce your carbon footprint, the CO2 you generate from every daily decision you make.  Suggestions cover typical consumer decisions ranging from the new light bulbs you install, how hard you step on the gas pedal, your diet, adjusting your thermostat, even recycling your consumables.

Behind every consumer decision is a tall smoke stake somewhere emitting CO2 to produce or generate energy whatever you are consuming at that moment.  Appreciating some fun facts about recycling which may lead to smarter consumer decisions mean fewer greenhouse gasses spewed into the atmosphere on your behalf.

Today, we set this equation right.

7 examples of the widespread damage we cause

• An aluminum can that isn’t recycled will still remain the same, even after 500 years

• A full 15-year-old tree, when processed, will produce just 700 paper grocery bags

• Each individual American, on an average, consumes wooden products, paper, and other tree based produce to the equivalent of 7 trees every year

• On average, America utilizes 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, and throws away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups yearly

• A glass bottle of your favorite brew will take a minimum of 4000 years to decompose

• The U.S. is the world’s biggest thrash creator, each citizen discards 1600 pounds each year

• Plastic disposed in water bodies accounts for the death of a million sea animals a year

If you’re shocked by those factoids, it isn’t much of surprise, these are some startling numbers.  Now that you have a better perspective on the amount of waste generated in the US, here’s the good news – with just a little effort, we can reduce this waste by staggering amounts.

10 ways recycling is the only option for waste treatment.

• Something as simple as changing a light bulb can drastically reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint.

• Aluminum, found in not just cans but cars, and even furniture is one of the most recycled objects in the nation.

• Out-dated electronics absolutely should be recycled; Sims Metal Management explains how the process works.

• Taking one aluminum can to a scrap metal yard rather than popping it in the waste bin can save up enough power to run the average television set for three hours.

• Scrap yards will pay you in exchange for your recyclable metal

• If all our newspapers are recycled, 250 million trees will be saved from being chopped down

• It takes double the energy to incinerate plastic than it takes to recycle it

• Recycling a bottle cause 50% less water pollution, and 20% less air pollution than making one from scratch

• A CFL bulb can be powered for 20 hours by the energy saved from recycling a glass bottle

• Composting organic garbage can reduce a typical family’s waste by approximately 1200 pounds yearly

A growing number of the U.S.citizens, businesses both big and small, and the state and federal governments are all actively contributing to make the country a more eco-friendly land. Government and public programs have increased awareness levels and recycling efforts, and with the inclusion of more Americans, the envelope can be pushed that much further.

The green revolution is well underway; make sure you’re playing a key part in it too. Future generations will thank you. 


About the author

Anne Staley

Anne Staley is an independent environmentalist and volunteers as an environmental social worker. She travels to third world countries looking for opportunities chip in and make it a small patch a better place. Her life motto is to better the lives of others through the sharing environmental knowledge is constantly urging everyone she comes in contact to green their lifestyles.