Recycle, Reduce, & Reuse


The average American uses 650 lbs. of paper per year

  1. Producing recycled white paper creates 74 percent less air pollution, 35 percent less water pollution, and 75 percent less processed energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.
  2. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over nine cubic yards of landfill space.
  3. Number of landfills in operation in 1978: 14,000 in 1988: 5,500; in 2003: 1,500.
  4. Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 15 trees.
  5. Every ton of newspaper recycled saves 4100 kWh or enough energy to power a TV for 31 hours.
  6. Recycling a soda can saves 96 percent of the energy used to make a can from ore and produces 95 percent less air pollution and 97 percent less water pollution.
  7. One gallon of oil, when reprocessed, can generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of a home for half a day
  8. Americans are producing more and more waste with each passing year. In 1960, the average American threw away 2.7 pounds of trash a day. Today, the average American throws away 4.5 pounds of trash every day. That is approximately 1,460 pounds per person per year Paper takes up as much as 50% of landfill space.

By: Chandler Myers