10 Interesting Facts About Recycling

10 Interesting Facts About Recycling

  1. Rain-forests are being cut down at a rate of 100 acres per MINUTE!
  2. The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio is “Mount Rumpke” – a mountain of TRASH at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
  3. Plastic tossed into the ocean kills nearly 1 million sea creatures each year
  4. 500,000 trees must be cut down to produce the Sunday’s newspaper
  5. It takes a 15 year old tree to produce 700 paper grocery bags
  6. The U.S. produces 70% of the world’s solid waste
  7. Landfills are responsible for 36% of all methane emissions in the US, one of the most potent contributors to global warming.
  8. Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours
  9. It takes an orange peel 6 months to decompose and it takes a styrofoam cup 400-500 years to decompose
  10. Using recycled glass takes 40% less energy than making products from all new materials.

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