Recycling Facts

In 2011, Americans recycled and composted 87 million tons of waste, which eliminated the CO2 emissions comparable to removing the annual emissions from over 34 million cars.
Source: U.S. EPA

Plastic Recycling Facts

Recycled plastic bottles use 76 percent less energy than plastic bottles made from raw materials.
Source: Popular Mechanics

Recycling one plastic bottle could light a 60-watt bulb for six hours.
Source: National Geographic

Metal Recycling Facts

Each recycled aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours. Recycling 100 cans could light a bedroom for two weeks.
Source: Louisville, KY Solid Waste

One ton of recycled steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
Source: Steel Recycling Institute

Recycling one ton of aluminum cans conserves the energy equivalent of 26 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Source: U.S. EPA

When a ton of steel is recycled, 1,400 pounds of coal is conserved.
Source: Steel Works

The U.S. recycles enough copper each year to provide the copper content of more than 26,000 Statues of Liberty.
Source: General Scrap Material

Paper Recycling Facts

Every ton of paper recycled can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
Source: U.S. EPA

Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 15 trees.
Source: U.S. EPA

One pound of newspaper can be recycled into six cereal boxes or egg cartons.
Source: Erie County Recycling

Glass Recycling Facts

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle could power a computer for 30 minutes.
Source: U.S. EPA