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Interesting Recycling Facts

Find some interesting recycling facts mentioned in the following article, as recycling is the best option to degrade materials. Recycling can be used to make other useful things from materials which have lost their durability or exhausted their use.
Everyone knows that recycling is the process in which materials like plastic, glass and metals are degraded so that they can be used to make something more useful. These are used as raw materials for creating a completely different object. This can also be useful energy saving option thereby reducing pollution of water and air. In today's world, many things fall under the use and throw category, such articles but can be made into useful things after being recycled. Some of the major recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, metal, textiles, paper and electronics. Recycling is the best way to save energy as well resources, which are misused by us humans.

Interesting Facts about Recycling

Every country and city has a particular strategy for recycling, as human dwellings and society needs to be kept clean. The importance of recycling waste in and around the city is a very useful job as it not only keeps the city clean, but prevents epidemics and makes better use of recycled materials.

Water
  • A dishwasher uses 11 gallons of water per use.
  • A running faucet wastes about 2.5 gallons of water each minute it flows. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses up enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 14 hours.
  • A full bathtub uses 70 gallons of water. A 5 minute shower only uses 10-25 gallons which all goes down the drain leading to water pollution.
  • Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning, and before bedtime, saves up to 8 gallons per day. This is a saving of 240 gallons per month. These can be interesting recycling facts for kids, as they tend to get into these habits quicker.
  • A toilet made in 1992 or earlier uses up to 60 percent more water per flush than newer high efficiency toilets.
  • 75 percent of all water used in the household is used in the bathroom.
Paper
  • The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water for the process.
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough amount of energy to provide power to the average American home for 5 months.
  • Over 73 percent of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. About 33 percent of this is used to make newsprint the rest is used to make paperboard, tissue, or insulation.
  • A little more than 48 percent of all office paper is recycled. This is used to make writing papers, and tissue papers.
  • Manufacturing recycled paper uses 60 percent of the energy needed to make paper from new materials.
Plastic
  • Approximately 88 percent of the energy is saved when plastic is made from plastic rather than from the raw materials of gas and oil that is by plastic recycling.
  • In 1998 Americans used 2 billion pounds of HDPE to make plastic bottles for household products. That's the equivalent weight of 90,000 Honda civics.
  • Enough plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States each year to circle the Earth four times.
Glass
  • In the U.S. today, 34% of all glass containers are recycled.
  • Glass containers save 9 gallons of fuel (oil) for every ton of glass recycled.
  • It takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
  • Recycling glass saves 25-32% of the energy used to make glass.
  • Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.
Metal
  • Recycling steel and tin cans save 74 percent of the energy used to make them.
  • A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces water pollution, air pollution, and mining waste by about 70 percent.
  • Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans each day.
  • Some more recycling facts include that Americans throw out enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the auto makers in the entire nation.
  • When you throw away an aluminum can, you waste as much energy as if you'd filled the can half full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum metal every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours.
I hope these facts prove helpful in creating more energy efficient homes and help in spreading awareness about the conservation of the environment. These facts are found almost everywhere in the world. Preserving our land is our responsibility because it is ours after all.
By Aparna Jadhav
Published: 6/30/2010
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