How recycling effects our environment

What happens to the stuff that we throw away


Recycled or composted

Combusted for energy

The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year
We only recycle about 30% of waste but over 75% is recyclable.

Why recycling is important.

Recycling has a lot of benefits.
Recycling items often uses less energy then manufacturing products.

9 out of 10 people would recycle if it were made easier.

Reducing the items and landfills will help to reduce the pollution that it causes

Plastics bottles in landfills won't biodegrate for 700 years

Recycling is when we make something new out of something old.

One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a tv for 3 hours.

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Glass is not biodegradable so the glass that we throw away will last forever using up valuable space or polluting our precious environment

Products that are not biodegradable or are slow to decompose can remain in landfill sites for centuries often emitting gases that could be harmful to the environment
Recycling items often uses less energy
Paper products typically recycled or disposed as solid waste or wastewater. When products are no longer recyclable they can be burned to generate energy
When recycling there is a significant cost saving