• In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs. of trash for his or her children.

  • Recycling all of your home's waste newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds a year.

  • Each of us generates on average 4.4 pounds of waste per day per person.

  • Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.

  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.

  • Annually, enough energy is saved by recycling steel to supply Los Angeles with electricity for almost 10 years.

  • You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.

  • Five recycled plastic bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.

  • In this decade, it is projected that Americans will throw away over 1 million tons of aluminum cans and foil, more than 11 million tons of glass bottles and jars, over 4 and a half million tons of office paper and nearly 10 million tons of newspaper. Almost all of this material could be recycled.

  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job, landfilling the same amount creates 6 jobs, recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs.
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