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Why YOU Should Recycle...

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

What YOU Should Recycle...

SERVPRO of Tracy has some insight on recycling waste.

USA Waste

  1. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour.
  2. The United States of America is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
  3. Americans toss out enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  4. The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2 billion trees per year.
  5. Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper.
  6. Manufacturers produce more than 15 million tons of expanded polystyrene (aka, StyrofoamTM) each year, but we recycle less than 1% of it.
  7. According to the EPA, yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.
  8. The US population discards each year 16 billion diapers, 1.6 billion pens, 2 billion razor blades, and 220 million car tires each year.

Recycling & Energy

  1. Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials, and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.
  2. Only 10% of the 140.3 million cell phones retired in 2007 were recycled. If we recycled all of the cell phones retired each year, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year.
  3. Recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 American homes in a year.
  4. Recycling paper takes 60% less energy than making paper form raw materials.
  5. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  6. Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.
  7. Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled, including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar. Source: Keep America Beautiful.
  8. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

Any job is not too big or small for any kinds of water damage. SERVPRO of Tracy has the tools for your needs. Call 209-834-0200.

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