Interesting Recycling Facts / Metal
◾Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74 percent of the energy used to make them.
◾Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
◾Americans throw out enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the auto makers in the entire nation.
◾A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces water pollution, air pollution, and mining waste by about 70 percent.
◾When you throw away an aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the can half full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.
◾Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans each day.
◾Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours.
Interesting Recycling Facts / Plastic
◾Enough plastic is produced in the United States each year to shrink wrap Texas.
◾In 1998 Americans used 2 billion pounds of HDPE to make plastic bottles for household products. That’s the equivalent weight of 90,000 Honda civics.
◾Approximately 88 percent of the energy is saved when plastic is made from plastic rather than from the raw materials of gas and oil.
◾Enough plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States each year to circle the Earth four times.