The following facts and stories about recycling are among some of the most interesting CLYNK has found. We have compiled them here as a reference for those wishing to learn more about recycling, and the impact it has on our environment.
Garbage: What’s the Big Deal?
The United States produces the most trash per person in the world.
Every month Americans throw away enough glass to fill an entire skyscraper.
Americans throw away over 2 million plastic bottles every hour.
Scientists Find “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”
The Story of PET
The majority of plastic bottles we use are made from PET plastic, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate.
It takes over 1 million years for a plastic bottle or jar to decompose.
In 2009, only 28% of PET bottles and jars were recycled in the United States.
Plastic thrown into the Pacific Ocean has formed a “garbage patch” twice the size of Texas.
The energy saved from recycling a single plastic bottle provides enough energy to power a 60-watt lightbulb for 3 hours.
250,000 aluminum cans are made in the United States every minute.
Aluminum comes from bauxite and is the most common metal on the Earth’s surface.
Aluminum cans are the most widely used beverage container and are 100% recyclable.
In 2010, Americans recycled 58 billion aluminum cans.
Recycling aluminum takes about 95% less energy than making new aluminum.
If you recycle one aluminum can per day for your whole life, the energy saved could power a home for 3-4 years.
How It’s Made: Aluminum Cans (Sam’s Club Choice)
Fire and Sand- How Glass Bottles and Jars Are Made
Glass is made from four major ingredients: silica sand, limestone, soda ash and recycled glass.
Recycling rates for glass in the United States are very low because the material is so heavy and the raw materials used to make new glass are cheap.
About 80% of recycled glass is used to make new beverage containers.
Glass can be recycled even when it is broken.
You could run a 100-watt lightbulb for 4 hours using the energy saved from recycling a single glass bottle.