Interesting Recycling Facts
◾A running faucet wastes 2.5 gallons of water each minute.
◾A dishwasher uses 11 gallons of water per use.
◾75 percent of all water used in the household is used in the bathroom.
◾A toilet made in 1992 or earlier uses up to 60 percent more water per flush than newer high efficiency toilets.
◾Turning of the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and before bedtimes can save up to 8 gallons per day. This is a savings of 240 gallons per month.
◾Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses up enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 14 hours.
◾A full bath tub uses 70 gallons of water. A 5 minute shower only uses 10-25 gallons.
Interesting Recycling Facts / Paper
◾Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
◾The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
◾Manufacturing recycled paper uses 60 percent of the energy needed to make paper from new materials.
◾Over 73 percent of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. About 33 percent of this is used to make newsprint the rest is used to make paperboard, tissue, or insulation.
◾A little more than 48 percent of all office paper is recycled. This is used to make writing papers, paperboard, tissue, and insulation.