Why do we recycle?
We believe that there is too much waste in our society.
Every day Americans throw away vast amounts of what many call waste. Much of it is not waste, but is instead a great resource. Glass, plastics, metals, paper, and cardboard can all be recycled and made into new products, conserving Earth's resources. Here are some interesting facts:
- Every three months Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of aircraft.
- Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
- One ton of recycled paper uses 64% less energy, 50% less water, and creates 74% less air pollution; it saves 17 trees and creates five times more jobs than one ton of paper made from virgin wood pulp.