Facts About Recycling That You Should Know!

Let's be completely honest around here, not all of us can afford the time to recycle, but seriously, does it really take that long? ...


Let's be completely honest around here, not all of us can afford the time to recycle, but seriously, does it really take that long?
Like, separating those that can decompose or not. We really just throw our litter where there is a trashcan or sometimes even just somewhere else. I know you're guilty. Do not even try to deny it. It's okay, you're not alone.
Oh well. Did you guys know (well probably not since you're reading this) that there are several facts about recycling that we should consider. We really are clueless despite the fact that our eyes could see clearer than any species that exists today. Are we being naive?

By the end of this article, you'd probably try and think twice about recycling. Maybe this would help you change your mind towards the small yet big leap effort to help preserve our planet. Continue below!
15 Facts About Recycling That You Should Know About

1.) In the year 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth for 24 times.Could you believe that? Enough trash to do a global travel not only once but TWENTY FOUR times. Try to imagine how much trash would that be. But if that were recycled, can you imagine the difference? Where did that kind of trash go anyway?

2) Over 75% of waste is recyclable but we only recycle about 30% of it.
What a waste! Literally, we are not doing things right. We still have 45% and for all that we know, we could've been producing renewable energy source! There's a country that already does that (Not sure what, drop it in the comments if you know something!) Where practicing that kind of energy source is used more than the usual one (like the power plants).

3) Americans throw away 25,000,000 (twenty five million) plastic bottles every hour. Every hour mate. EVERY HOUR. That's like 600,000,000 (six hundred million) a day! Where do they all go? Well sadly, most of them contribute to the death of our marine creatures.

4) Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off recycling programs. These are those trash cans that have labels on them so you could separate biodegradable, non biodegradable and recyclable materials. But I guess they are not appreciating it well enough, we still have a lot of rubbish!

5.) In 2010, paper recycling increased over 89% since 1990.
Finally some good news! Paper is made from trees and obviously it's a good thing that we made a huge progress in conserving our forests. (I do not understand papers that say "save the trees" though. What do you think about it? Give us a comment!)

6.) It takes a 15 year old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
15 years of watering, caring and loving a seed only to be cut for 700 grocery bags that will eventually be thrown away or washed out to sea. That's unfortunate.

7.) 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.
How do you even make recycling easier? The waste segregation is already a huge thing! We need more companies that take a hold of recycling materials as their raw ingredients for their products!

8.) Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
80%! Your loving babe is not gone after all! Recycle it! Although some are just watching it become a metal gift box.

9.) Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again and again ...
Three dots to represent infinity! You just need to melt it and then mold it again. Who knew that a sand under a lot of heat and pressure could be immortal. Be careful of the shards though!

10.) It takes 24 trees to make one ton of newspapers.
24 ?? !! Bet you did not know that! That's a lot! And not to mention, that trees could only be useful if they are 15+ years old! 15 years of waiting for the news to come. That's a lot. 

11.) Plastic can take 500 years to decompose.
You'd be dead, and your kids, and their kids and their kids' kids plastic but that you threw away would still be alive and clogging up the sewers. Plastics are not so appetizing for bacteria and so they do not munch it up so much! 

12.) Most families throw away about 40 kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
We just talked about 500 years and now we're talking about 40 kg multiplied to 500 years. Well no, actually a plastic bag weighs no less than a gram. Can you calculate how long they would take to finally rest in pieces?

13.) Recycling a single aluminum saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours. Three hours of television! Who would not want that!

14.) An ink cartridge takes 1,000 years to biodegrade. Even worse than plastics!

15.) 13,000 (thirteen thousand) pieces of paper are being thrown away each year by an average household.
What ?! We are talking about recycling here people! Why are we throwing away little body parts of trees! That's a complete shame.
So there you go! Well informed about recycling, don't you feel great that you know a lot more than your friends about this one. If you feel so generous then give this article a share and inform a friend!
Drop us a comment below if you think of any more recycling facts!

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