GREEN THE WORLD
HOW RECYCLING WORKS
Recycling helps protect the environment. Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
FACTS ABOUT RECYCLING
*The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
*Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
*In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.
*Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.
*Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million.