Fun Recycling Facts

There are many fun facts about recycling.

Here are a number of fun and interesting recycling facts:
  • It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled into: soda cans, pie plates, license plates, thumbtacks, aluminum foil, and many other items.
  • Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to power a tv for up to three hours.
  • In the year 2000, 13,500 aluminum cans were recycled every minute in California.
  • Glass takes over 1,000,000 (one million) years to decompose in a landfill.
  • Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items.
  • It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • PET plastic can be recycled into: clothing, fiberfill for sleeping bags, toys, stuffed animals, rulers and more.

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love it

good for my speeche because of this info i came in 3rd place.

Recycling is it needed?

Im in 8th grade and i need to write a report about "Recycling is it needed?"(Teacher said so)and i always read this for reference so could you guys help me out?

don't say but do it...

many people like to say..recycle's good..we must recycle..but actually they don't do it..come on people stop saying but get into action please..

Up to 60% of the rubbish

  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The average dustbin contains enough unreleased energy to power a television for 5000 HOURS.
  • About 55 million empty toner cartridges fill the landfill sites every year in the UK. Every empty toner cartridge is worth at least 50p on average if you recycle it. That means if you start recycling today you can claim a share of about £27.5 million each year.

Use carrier bags instead of bin liners

You can use supermarket carrier bags instead of bin liners around the house. Producing those little bin liners uses up more resources than carrier bags, plus you have to pay for them unlike carriers which are given to you.

my opinion

hi i think recycling is very important in the future we have a clean invirment so recycling is good and for people that are recyling keep up the good work and for that dont beleive in it you should be ashamed of yourself.

what is PET plastic

what is PET plastic

PET or PETE: polyethylene

PET or PETE: polyethylene terephthalate is used in many soft drink, water, and juice bottles. It's easily recycled, doesn't leach, and accepted by most curbside municipal programs and just about all plastic recycling centers.

Ink and Toner Recycling

Recycling empty ink and toner cartridges are just as important as recycling aluminum cans. There are over 300 million cartridges that end up on our landfills every year. That is bad but it even worse since it takes the average laser toner around 500 years to decompose.


EVERYONE SHOULD RECYCLE!!!!!!! It is so important and can help everyone!


recycling is a GREAT way to help the planet!!! so RECYCLE!!!!!!


Recycling is a awesome way to help the earth!!!!!! So,RECYCLE!!!!!


recycling helps the earth it saves the oceans it saves the animals guess what it even saves you wanna know how ok so if your dumb you would probaly dump oil on the street when washing your car but what your really supposed to do is save the oil takee it somewhere used for recycling oil because if u dump it in the street it goes though a water drain and dumps into the ocean which is very clean unless some ppl dont recycle ok so its very clean and thts the water we drink so if the water we drink is dirty you die and NOBODY WANTS TO DIE AM I RIGHT? soo pllleeeassee recycle btw im a 5th grader

use a filter

what are some facts ?

recycling tips

you have got to stop using plastic bags stop throwing them away.recycle them not throw them away.we kids care about the earth.we dont want the landfill to grow and grow we want it to go away and stay are some tips that would help

if you recycle one plastic bottle it would save enough energy for you to power a 60watt lightbulb for 3 could also pass down your cloths to other realtives but i dont recomend makeup because it will give them dieasies.

if you recycle one pop can you could power a tv for 3 hours.

just dont sit there and watch tv get out and play that also goes for the computer.get up and recylce.I made a commetment and so can stop the use of plastic bags buy you a bag thats black and never use a plastic bag ever again. wow i never typed this much before back to the point just remeber reduce reuse recycle and when you do thows things you can get appricated and amazing things can happen to you the people aroung you and the whole world. then you could think to yourself and think what a wonderful thing you did this is kayla reporting from carthage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


where can we recycle aluminum cans ???

Klara Jones

* 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
* 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
* 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
* 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Everyone together

If you can gather all the cans in your local business or building they are worth money!!!! Do it with permission and the money could be yours!!!!

save momma earth!

so many people say that recycling pollutes the earth but it doesnt. they just make up excuses to not recycle because theyre fat and lazy! its not that takes like 10 seconds at the most to throw a bottle in the recycling can, and its not gonna kill you if you turn the water faucet off when you brush your teeth. think people!

recycle please for the earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am doing a report on this topic and i have found amazing facts. Everyone should recycle at least try it. The people that don't its like saying do you want to live? It's sad how mant animals dies from one plasic bag. I found that a whale dies from one little plasic bag. Please recycle and save the animals and your life.


about 80% of what americans throw away is recyclable, but only 28% is recycled!!!!

i love this website

this website has taught me alot...i learned to recycle and learned facts

Check out this cool fact

each ton of paper saves up to 185 gallons of gasoline

Recycling clothes and make up

U guys and grrls can recycle by giving siblings or neighbors hand me downs and grrls u cud give ur eyeshadow, lipstick, blush etc. to siblings or neighbors
oh and shoes


that was interesting but i think everyone knows thta.


i think the oil spills are bad when i see the birds covered in oil on the tv!!!!!!!!!!!

nothing to do

that has nothing to do with recycling

The problem with the makeup

The problem with the makeup thing is that that can transmit diseases.

that is true..that is why i

that is true..that is why i dont wear any makeup

by handing down make up,

by handing down make up, especially eye shadow or lip gloss or something that is close to a bodily fulid, not the smartess idea. you could end up getting that person a disease. clothes shouldnt b a prob if it's not like underwear. . .that's unsanitary.


If you recycle just 1 can that's 15 minutes!

Not quite

1 aluminum can actually powers t.v. for a hour.


Is it true that 3/6 plastic botles that you put in the recycling bin go to the dump instead of all of them going to the recycling plant?

Only 3/6 of Plastic Bolltes are actually being recycled

Yes, this is true and one reason why is that for instance like Montana, there is no deposit on the plastic bottles or cans but the cans can be brought to the recycling center for cash back; up to .65 cents a pound. So the people who actually recycle plastics are the good guys :) and the peopple that don't are adding to the pollution :(

no it is not true. they dont

no it is not true. they dont go to the dump

It's actually 75% that goes

It's actually 75% that goes to the recycling thing and obvz 25% that goes to the dump.

I don't know the answer,

but 3/6 is the same as 1/2...


it is more like 36/72...

going green

i love going green by going green you help your home.

Goodwill Recycling

Did you know that you can also recycle things like furniture, appliances, clothing, carpets and cell phones?

All you have to do is donate them to your local thrift store such as Goodwill, and then they will go to another happy owner!

Fun Facts

Around 630 steel cans are recycled every second.

going green

If you at least recycle a little bit that will still help the environment a lot!

We need to spend less time

We need to spend less time just coming out with "green" products and start actually educating our consumers with these statistics. These are very alarming and very informative.

Did You know Stopping junk

Did You know Stopping junk mail can save 150,000 trees annually?


yes i did know that you are soo right about that.

recycling plastic and other

Recycling plastic and other recyclable materials helps reduce those things in landfills.

fast fact

Introduced just over 25 years ago, the ugly truth about our plastic bag addiction is that society's consumption rate is now estimated at well over 5 billion plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute!