Recycling contributes to numerous beneficial societal impacts every day in the U.S. and around the world. It supports sustainable manufacturing processes, prevents waste from accruing in our oceans, cleans up our environment, and positively impacts our economy. While most people regularly recycle, an Ipsos Public Affairs study in 2011 found that only half of adults recycle daily. Recycling consistently adds up to create tremendous benefits for our world.
15 Interesting Facts about How Impactful Recycling Can Be
- Reaching recycling levels of 75% in the United States would generate a net of 1,500,000 million new jobs nationally.
- Recycling generates $200 billion in the U.S. economy annually.
- For multiple materials, such as tin cans, recycling conserves up to 95% of the fresh water used in our mining and manufacturing processes.
- A mere 5 plastic bottles can create enough fiber to fill one ski jacket.
- Every hour, Americans throw away 2,500,000 plastic bottles.
- The entire commercial air fleet in the U.S. could be built four times over with the amount of aluminum thrown away annually within our country.
- The average person could recycle over 25,000 cans throughout their lifetime if he or she recycled consistently.
- A single aluminum can recycled can generate enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
- 26,000,000 trees are cut down annually to produce the Sunday paper.
- Recycling a 3-foot stack of newspapers can save one tree.
- Over 28,000,000,000 glass jars and bottles wind up in landfills annually. This piles up equivalently to the size of the Empire State Building every 1.5 weeks.
- One hundred million homes could be heated for 10 years with the amount of wood and paper that is thrown out annually in the United States.
- On average, the US throws out about 1,000,000,000 trees worth of paper every year.
- It can take over 500 years for plastic to decompose in our landfills.
- Reaching recycling levels of 75% in the United States is the equivalent to removing 55,000,000 cars from the roads annually in terms of the environmental and CO2 impact.
How You Can Help
Increasing the amount that we recycle is one of the best ways to control our finite natural resources. Read more about 6 Common Items People Don’t Realize Are Recyclable. Recycling more consistently is a very attainable goal as a society. Making recycling a regular habit can make a major impact over the long run.
If you would like to learn more information on how you can help make more of an impact for your business, reach out to Ever Green Environmental today at 864.230.9800. We have been working in the recycling business for over 25 years to create a more sustainable future.