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Recycling Trivia

  • Americans use about 100 million steel cans every day.
  • Recycling one ton of glass saves about one gallon of fuel oil.
  • Every day the U.S. paper makers recycle enough paper to fill a 15-mile long train of boxcars.
  • Throwing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can's volume of gasoline.
  • Plastic products make up 9.5 percent of the nation's municipal waste stream by weight.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy and 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
  • The U.S. food industry uses about 28 billion steel cans each year to package more than 1,500 food products.
  • The energy conserved by recycling one pound of steel cans is enough to light a 60-watt light bulb for more than one day.
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