Recycling is Important

Facts

Did you Know

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV or computer for 3 hours?

  • A recycled aluminum can may be back on store shelves in 60 days using 95% less energy to manufacture.

  • Paper mills use 40% less energy to make paper from recycled paper instead of virgin timbers.

  • Using 50% recycled glass to make new glass containers would save enough energy to power 21,978 homes for one year and remove 181,550 tons of waste from landfills every month.

  • The US steel industry's annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year.

  • A ton of paper made from recycled fibers conserves 7000 gallons of water.

  • Extraction of virgin raw materials & manufacturing them into products uses quite a bit of water. Recycling reduces the need for materials from virgin sources and therefore reduces water use.

  • Using recycle materials in manufacturing new products typically reduces aire and water pollution compared to using virgin materials in the process.

About Our School

  • If we used Styrofoam trays everyday we would have 5,400 bags a trash just in the cafeteria alone in a school year.
  • If we used washable trays everyday we would only throw away 3,600 bags of trash in a year. That would put 1,800 less trash bags in our landfills.
  • If we start composting and recycling in our lunchroom we could drastically lessen the amount of trash.
  • A football field is 5,333 square yards. Our school fills up an area in a landfill the size of a football field every year.