Recycling facts – Interesting facts about recycling

Interesting recycling facts

90% of plastic bags are not recycled in U.S.

One drip from a faucet wastes 540 gallons of water a year.

Enough plastic is thrown each year to circle the Earth four times.

It takes 5 plastic bottles to make a fiberfill for a ski jacket.

The steel industry has been recycling for over 150 years.

Recycling steel saves about 75% of the energy that would be used to make steel from raw materials – enough to power 18 million homes.

One ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.

20 aluminum cans can be made out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.

Using recycled aluminum instead of virgin material saves 95% energy and decreases air and water pollution.

Use of compost can reduce the need of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.