At Ever-Green Recycling, we are big fans of any campaign to help improve our environment. One thing that is not being created any longer is more land and it is up to us to protect the land that exists in our community. Our friends over at DoSomething.org recently put together a list of fun facts about recycling that we thought were worth sharing.
Fun Facts To Remember About Recycling
- In 2009, Americans threw away a lot of glass! In fact, they threw away around 9 million tons of glass. To put this into perspective, this is enough glass to stretch tractor-trailers from LA to NYC and back again.
- Americans typically throw out around 25 million plastic bottles per year.
- Almost 90% of Americans have access to either drop-off recycling programs or curbside service.
- As of 2010, paper recycling has increased almost 90% since 1990.
- More than 75% of our waste is recyclable, however as Americans we are only recycling rough 30% of our waste.
- Each year Americans create a whopping 200 million tons of trash every year. One area where a significant amount of trash is created is at popular sporting events and tailgates. If you are planning to host a tailgate, why not signup for a Trash-Free Tailgate.
- Each person in the US on average generates around four pounds of trash each day, which translates into 1.5 tons of waste each year.
- If each American were to recycle 1/10th of their newspapers each year, we would save around 25 million trees!
- Recycling just a single aluminum can saves enough energy to catch up on your favorite album on your music device and recycling 100 aluminum cans saves enough energy to keep the lights on in your bedroom for two weeks.
- In America, we generate over 20 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted this food, we would save enough energy to take 2 million cars off of the road.
As you can see, while we are making some great strides in America when it comes to recycling, we are not doing enough. It is our responsibility to conserve and reduce our waste to ensure that our country will remain beautiful for generations to come.
If you need help setting up a recycling program for your business, give the recycling pros at Ever-Green a call today at 864-230-9800. We’ve been helping to beautify the upstate for many years and would be honored to work with you.