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Tell me again why we don't do more recycling in America?

Published April 04. 2011 05:00PM

A few more recycling facts as stated from the Clean Air Council.

Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion plastic shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.

The amount of aluminum currently recycled in one year is enough to rebuild our entire airplane commercial fleet every six months.

Producing one pound of recycled rubber requires only 29 percent as much energy as producing one pound of new rubber.

Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years.

Of the 2.25 million tons of electronics (TVs, cell phones, computers, etc.) retired in 2007, 82 percent were discarded, mostly to landfills.

Recycling one million cell phones allows 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium to be recovered.

It has been estimated that recycling, re-use, and composting create six to 10 times as many jobs as waste incineration and landfills.

Recycling saves three to five times the energy generated by waste-to-energy plants, even without counting the wasted energy in the burned materials.

Making a ton of paper from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50 percent less water than does creating paper from virgin pulp.

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