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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.