Recycling While Traveling Can Be An Adventure

Recycling While Traveling Can Be An Adventure

Basic Recycling Statistics for the United States:

The statistics that are mentioned below are also known as facts when it comes to recycling and traveling. For instance, no matter where you go in the world there is going to be waste, but there is also going to be some sort of solution with a form of recycling near to be done or to be a part of. The information that is pointed out below is meant to help you have a better understanding of recycling and how it impacts the world all over.

  • The average person creates around four pounds of trash per day. This adds up to one and a half tons of waste a year. This is the same as one and a half tons of waste in just one year.
  • Americans create more than two hundred million tons of trash annually. This is more than enough to fill the Busch Stadium twice a day, every day for a whole year.
  • It is estimated by the EPA that the waste stream in America is seventy-five percent recyclable and only about thirty percent is actually being recycled.
  • Within the United States, there is more than twenty-one and a half million tons of waste yearly. If you took this amount and composted it, it would be the equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from removing about two million cars from the road for a year.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a whole album on your iPod. Recycling one hundred aluminum cans saves enough energy to light your whole bedroom for two weeks.
  • The CRI, Container Recycling Institute, estimates that last year there were more than thirty-six billion aluminum cans placed in landfills. This averaged out to a scrap value of six hundred million dollars.
  • In one year, Americans throw out about twenty-eight billion jars and bottles.

Sadly, eighty-seven percent of Americans have access to recycling programs or drop off areas and don’t use them. In 2009, nine million tons of glass were thrown away in America. This is enough glass to fill up tractor trailers stretching from New York City to Los Angeles and back again. In our world today, there is a lot of waste, but there are improvements being made. In 2010, the amount for paper recycling had gone up to eighty-nine percent since 1990.

Fun Fact:

A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf inside in as little as thirty days!

 

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