Statistics can be boring, especially if they are depicted wholly in numerical forms. This can cause people to miss out on the interesting facts that lie hidden in these numbers. Recycling greatly benefits the environment by reducing the energy footprint as well as by protecting natural eco-systems. Recycling services are offered all over the US to encourage people to step forward and work towards a better environment.
You can do your part for the sake of the environment by encouraging recycling both at home and office.
On average, each American uses enough paper which is worth approximately 5.6 forty-foot trees. A way to reduce deforestation for paper is to use recycled paper products that can be easily made from products such as coffee filters, cereal boxes and toilet paper rolls.
A computer can be powered for 30 minutes just by recycling a single glass bottle. Glass is a great entrant for recycling as its quality does not degrade unlike other recyclable materials. This property allows glass bottles to be made into new ones again and again.
Recycling plastic bottles can considerably save energy. This is due to the fact that production of plastic from recycled materials consumes two thirds of the total energy that would otherwise be required if the plastic was being created from raw materials.
Despite the fact that many people utilize reusable bags and that a few places have completely banned plastic bags, there are still around 89 billion plastic bags in the US. Recycling these has become quite easy, with over 15,000 drop off locations.
Recycling a single aluminum can provides enough energy for powering a television for three hours. Amazing, isn’t it?
Statistics revealed that the aluminum recovery rate reached just over 65 percent in 2011, and was on the rise.
More than half a ton of coal can be conserved by recycling a ton of steel. A ton of steel may sound as if it’s a lot, but surprisingly, steel has become the most recycled material in the US; boasting a 92 percent recycling rate.
Over 34% of the waste produced by us can be composted. This includes both sanitary waste and the food we waste. Recently, composting at home is becoming quite common and could considerably help in reducing the amount of food that is wasted.