- In 1999, recycling and composting
activities prevented about 64 million tons of material
from ending up in landfills and incinerators. Today,
this country recycles 28 percent of its waste, a rate
that has almost doubled during the past 15 years.
[EPA. Recycling. Internet. http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/recycle.htm.]
- While recycling has grown in general,
recycling of specific materials has grown even more
drastically: 42 percent of all paper, 40 percent of
all plastic soft drink bottles, 55 percent of all
aluminum beer and soft drink cans, 57 percent of all
steel packaging, and 52 percent of all major
appliances are now recycled. [EPA. Recycling.
- Twenty years ago, only one curbside
recycling program existed in the United States, which
collected several materials at the curb. By 1998,
9,000 curbside programs and 12,000 recyclable drop-off
centers had sprouted up across the nation. As of 1999,
480 materials recovery facilities had been established
to process the collected materials. [EPA. Recycling.
- Motor oil never wears out, it just
gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used
again, reducing our reliance on imported oil. [NIH. Did You
Know? Amazing Recycling Factoids. Internet. http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/recycle/facts.htm.]
- Recycling one glass bottle saves
enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four
hours. [NIH. Did You Know? Amazing Recycling Factoids.
- Every ton of paper
recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill
. [Paperrecycles.org. Paper & the Environment.
For More Information:
Recycling Facts (City of Clearwater, FL)
Forest and Paper Association