#Recycling Statistics: We’re making a difference


Photo Creative Commons courtesy of Asheville Ecological Services Field Office

Don’t forget to recycle! If you’re one of those people (like me)  that puts out their recycling bin every week and makes a conscious effort to recycle when out and about, you’re helping to change the world in a big way. We’re wasting less and recycling more, and raising new generations of green-savvy consumers.

  • Recycling a soda can saves 96% of the energy used to make a can from ore and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.
  • Landfill numbers have been going down as recycling rates increase: in 1978, there were 14,000 in the US. By 2006, only 1,754 were in use.
  • Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 15 trees.
  • 1 gallon of oil, when reprocessed, can generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of a home for half a day.

Source: MIT Facilities 

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