Why Recycle?

  • Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles hourly & 40 billion soft drink cans yearly
  • If everyone on Earth used as much “stuff” as we do in the U.S., there would need to be 3-5 times more space to hold and sustain everyone
  • Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down
  • Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it
  • Recycling an aluminum can saves 96% of the energy used to make a can from ore, and produces 95% less air pollution & 97% less water pollution

 

How Can I Help?

1. Set up a recycling system at home and/or at school

waste-hierarchy12. Make use of recycle centers for different items

Sources

http://recycleacrossamerica.org/recycling-facts http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/solidwasterecyclingfacts.htm https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-recycling