Recycling Facts

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

  • We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.

  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!

  • During World War II when raw materials were scarce, 33% of all paper was recycled.

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

  • The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.

  • The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s. The city’s first recycling plant was built in 1898.

  • By 1924, 83% of American cities were separating some trash items to be reused.

  • New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states–56%!

  • The highest point in Ohio is “Mount Rumpke,” which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill!

  • Between 5 and 15% of what we throw away contains hazardous substances.

  • More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

  • One-third of the water used in most homes is flushed down the toilet.

  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

  • A typical family consumes 182 gallons of pop, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That’s a lot of containers — make sure they’re recycled!