Source: RE3.org “The Facts” http://www.re3.org/facts.htm
Here are some facts about materials all of us use every day. As we approach Earth Day April 22nd, think of ways you can reduce your consumption of these materials.
- North Carolinians throw away more than $74,072,000 in aluminum cans each year.
- Recycling an aluminum can saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from virgin materials.
- North Carolinians throw away enough glass each year to fill up more than 11,800 tractor-trailers. If you put those tractor-trailers end -to –end, they’d stretch from Asheville to Greensboro.
- Producing glass from virgin materials requires 30 percent more energy than producing it from crushed, used glass.
- North Carolinians throw away more than $164,375,460 in mixed paper each year.
- Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp.
- One ton of paper made from recycled scrap paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
- Every week, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the Outer Banks 28 times.
- North Carolinians throw away more than $41,411,600 in plastic each year.
- Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture it from raw materials.
SOURCES: NC DWM and NC DEAO
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