Austin Environmental: 20 Awesome Recycling Facts

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Recycling
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Want to know why Dirty Work is so passionate about recycling? Check out these 20 crazy recycling facts:

  1. Americans throw away enough paper each year to build a 12 foot wall that stretches from L.A. to NYC!
  2. 75,000 trees are used to print the Sunday edition of the New York Times!
  3. An average American will throw away 90,000 pounds of trash in their lifetime!
  4. Americans throw away 25 million plastic bottles every hour!
  5. A glass bottle takes over 4,000 years to decompose!
  6. The average American produces 1,609 pounds of trash annually!
  7. Doubling the recycling rate would create 1 million new jobs!
  8. If you walk one mile down an average U.S. highway, you’ll see 1,457 pieces of litter.
  9. Every square mile of ocean water has an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in it!
  10. The largest landfill in the world is more than 500 feet tall!
  11. Every 3 months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our nation’s entire air fleet!
  12. Recycling 3 feet of newspaper saves one tree!
  13. We throw away enough wood and paper each year to heat 50 million homes for 20 years!
  14. Each month enough glass bottles are thrown away to fill up an entire skyscraper!
  15. A single quart of illegally dumped motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water!
  16. Recycling just one can saves enough electricity to power a television for an hour!
  17. Enough plastic is produced each year to shrink wrap Texas!
  18. 50% of waste in your dustbin could be used in compost instead!
  19. Americans are more likely to recycle than vote.
  20. 12 Texas landfills are more than 200 feet tall!

Crazy, right?

So if you have some junk that you need hauled away and you want to make sure it gets recycled, call Austin junk removal contractor Dirty Work or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.


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