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RECYCLING 251 53.4 PERGENTAGE OF ALL PAPER PRODUCTS RECYCLED IN THE UNITED STATES MILLION TONS OF TRASH IN THE UNITED STATES 32.5% OF TOTAL WASTE THAT IS RECYCLED IN THE UNITED STATES What Americans Throw Away Paper - Cardboard 36% APPROXIMATE % T00 OF INCREASE IN Yard Wastes 20% TOTAL RECYCLING IN THE UNITED Food Wastes 9% STATES DURING THE PAST DECADE Metals 4.6 POUNDS OF TRASH PER PERSON PER DAY IN THE Glass 8% UNITED STATES (MOST IN THE WORLD) Plastics 1.5 Rubber - Leather POUNDS OF RECYCLED 3% MATERIALS PER PERSON PER DAY IN THE UNITED STATES * Other 8% Alumlnum Plastic Recycllng Facts Recycllng Facts 1. We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year. 1. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away! 2. The aluminum can industry can make up to 20 cans from recycled 2. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. aluminum with the same amount of energy it takes to make 1 completely new can. 3. At least 90 percent of the price of a bottle of water is for things other than the water itself, like bottling, packaging, shipping and marketing. 3. Aluminum can be recycled forever with no loss of quality. 4. If we recycled all of our aluminum cans for one year, we could save enough energy to light 4. Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years. Washington, D.C. for 3.7 years. 5. The amount of aluminum currently recycled in 1 year is enough to rebuild our entire 5. Recycling plastic saves twice airplane commercial fleet every as much energy as burning it in an incinerator. 6 months. Paper Recycllng Facts Glass Solld Waste and Recycllng Facts Landflll Facts 1. The energy saved by recycling 1. The estimated 2.6 billion 1. Every year, Americans use one glass bottle can light a 100- holiday cards sold each year in approximately 1 billion shopping the U.S. could fill a football field bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. watt light bulb for four hours or 10 stories high. run a computer for 30 minutes. 2. Recycling 1 ton of mixed paper saves the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline. 2. Every month, we throw out 2. The oil from just one oil enough glass bottles and jars to change is enough to contaminate fill up a giant skyscraper. All of one million gallons of fresh water. these jars are recyclable! 3. To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 3. 38,000 miles of ribbon are 3. The energy saved from thrown away each year, enough trees must be cut down. recycling one glass bottle can run to tie a bow around the Earth. a 100-watt light bulb for four 4. The amount of wood and hours or a compact fluorescent 4. Every year, each American paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000.000 bulb for 20 hours. throws out about 1,200 pounds homes for 20 years. of organic garbage that can be 4. A modern glass bottle would composted. 5. Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if 5. On average, it costs $30 per it's in the landfill. ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it. 0 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution! Top 10 Greenest States 9. 8. 6. 10 6. South Dakota 1. Vermont · Toxic Waste: 1,536 Tons (3rd Best) · Alternative Energy: 28.1% (7th Best) · Carbon Footprint: 6.4 Million Metric Tons (1st Best) · Toxic Waste: 1,214 Tons (2nd Best) · Alternative Energy: 44.3% (5th Best) · Carbon Footprint: 13.7 Million Metric Tons (3rd Best) 2. Maine · Toxic Waste: 3,687 Tons (6th Best) · Alternative Energy: 49.8% (4th Best) - Carbon Footprint: 19.9 Million Metric Tons (7th Best) 7. Montana - Toxic Waste: 37,758 Tons (17th Best) · Alternative Energy: 36.5% (6th Best) · Carbon Footprint: 37.7 Million Metric Tons (9th Best) 3. New Hampshire · Toxic Waste: 4,538 Tons (8th Best) · Alternative Energy: 12.3% (11th Best) · Carbon Footprint: 19 Million Metric Tons (6th Best) 8. Idaho - Toxic Waste: 4,808 Tons (9th Best) - Alternative Energy: 84.5% (1st Best) - Carbon Footprint: 16.2 Million Metric Tons (4th Best) 4. Nevada · Toxic Waste: 987 Tons (1st Best) · Alternative Energy: 7.6% (19th Best) · Carbon Footprint: 24.1 Million Metric Tons (8th Best) 9. Oregon · Toxic Waste: 61,876 Tons (23rd Best) · Alternative Energy: 63.4% (3rd Best) - Carbon Footprint: 43.5 Million Metric Tons (10th Best) 5. Hawaii · Toxic Waste: 987 Tons (1st Best) · Alternative Energy: 7.6% (19th Best) - Carbon Footprint: 24.1 Million Metric Tons 10. Colorado · Toxic Waste: 41,532 Tons (19th Best) - Alternative Energy: 10.0% (14th Best) - Carbon Footprint: 98.1 Million Metric Tons (27th Best) (8th Best) References E multiple quotes for building projects FACTS

Greenest U.S. States

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