Recycling & Trash Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice About Your Trash
- A single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. It also creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than would be created when making a new bottle.
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as it takes to burn it
- 9 out of 10 people said they would recycle if it were “easier”
- Studies indicate that women on average typically express more concern for the environment and are more likely to recycle than men.
- It takes 500 years for average sized plastic water bottles to fully decompose.
- The energy it takes to make 1.5 million tons of plastic could power 250,000 homes
- Plastics cause more than 80% of the negative effects on animals associated with ocean trash
- Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion
- Glass bottles take 4,000 years to decompose
- Recycled glass is substituted for up to 95% of raw materials
- Recycling just two aluminum cans save the same amount of energy it takes to power a PC for a single workday
- The majority of the 4 million tons of junk mail that Americans receive annually ends up in landfills
- Americans make nearly 400 billion photocopies a year, which comes out to 750,000 copies every minute.
- Making new paper from recycled materials uses less energy than producing paper from virgin tree products and leaves more trees to absorb excess carbon dioxide.
- For every 1 ton of paper that’s produced, roughly 390 gallons of oil is used to make it.
- 1 trillion pages of paper equal 8.5 million acres of trees. That is an area greater than the state of Maryland
- 2,000 pounds (or 1 ton) of recycled paper helps to save over 350 gallons of oil, 17 trees, and a large portion of landfill space.
- A single American consumes roughly two trees annually in paper products.