10 Good Reasons to Recycle “You CAN make a difference”
- It takes 75,000 trees each week to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times.
- If Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save 25 million trees a year.
- Recycling and Reusing the material in “tin” cans reduces energy use by 74 percent, air pollution by 85 percent, solid waste by 95 percent and water pollution by 76 percent.
- It takes 95 percent less energy to make aluminum by recycling it than by producing it from its natural ore, bauxite. It costs less, too.
- The average American uses 580 pounds of paper each year. As a nation, we consume 850 million trees annually.
- In 1991, the Great Wall of China became the second largest man-made structure in the world. The largest was Fresh Kills Landfill, serving New York City. It is now the highest point on the east coast.
- Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
- For every glass bottle recycled, we save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.
- Every year, Americans throw away enough office and writing paper to build a wall 12 feet high from New York to Los Angeles.
- In one year, American steel recycling saves enough energy to heat and light 18 million homes. One pound of recycled steel saves enough energy to light a 60 wall bulb for 24 hours.
10 Great Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day! November 15 th
- Recycling in Illinois keeps over 5 million tons a year of useful materials out of the landfills.
- Over 2,400 recycling and reuse establishments do business in Illinois.
- Recycling in Illinois saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes.
- Recycling and reuse employs over 56,000 Illinois citizens.
- The annual payroll for these employees is more than $1.8 billion.
- The average annual wage for recycling and reuse workers is above the Illinois average.
- Manufacturing with recycled commodities in Illinois reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons (carbon equivalent) a year.
- Recycling and reuse establishments do $12.2 billion worth of business a year in Illinois.
- The recycling and reuse industry annually contributes $269 million in state and local tax revenues.
- Water pollution in Illinois is reduced by 21,500 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
- Air pollution in Illinois is reduced by 131,000 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
- Paper recycling in Illinois saves 53.3 million trees each year – and the wildlife habitat that goes with them.
- Commit to recycle and buy recycled products both at home and at work or school.
- Learn what materials you can recycle in your community and do your best to recycle all you can.
- When shopping, purchase products that are packaged in materials you can recycle locally.
- Visit a recycling center in your area. See how your recycled paper and containers are sorted and prepared for manufacturing into new products.
- Read product labels. At your local grocery, department center, look for products with recycled content, and buy some. Look for “safe bets” that always have recycled content: Steel, Aluminum, Glass or Molded Paper Pulp containers (like egg cartons).
- Ask your local retailer to stock more products with recycled content, or write the manufacturer of your favorite products asking them to use recycled materials.
- Organize an event such as a display of recycled content products at your school, office, store or church, or a tour of a facility that manufactures recycled-content products.
- Learn more about how recycling helps preserve resources, protects the environment and benefits the economy, then teach some kids about the importance of recycling and buying recycled.
- Don't forget waste reduction is important too. Look for ways to avoid making garbage, try composting.
- Visit the great outdoors and enjoy the clear air, clean water and litter-free landscapes that recycling helps make possible.
For more information visit: www.ilrecyclingassn.org
, or www.commerce.state.il.us