#1 Recycling Fact: You can make a difference! Experts estimate that U.S. consumers throw away 400 million used pieces of electronic equipment every year. Recycling one ton of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water. Recycling and composting reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Every year over 100,000 marine animals are killed by consuming or becoming tangled in plastic bags. Recycling helps conserve the Earth’s limited natural resources. Humans have been practicing recycling for thousands of years. To produce one ton of newspaper requires 24 trees. Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to power a television for up to three hours. Glass that ends up in landfills takes over a million years to decompose. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and most are not recycled. One million tons of recovered paper is enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars. Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled. A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days. In the United States, In 2014, about 136 million tons of waste went into landfills. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy than incinerating it. In 2014, in the United States, over 89% of corrugated boxes were recycled. Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass. Over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans are used every year. Over 25 billion styrofoam cups are thrown away in the United States each year. Recycling 1 ton of plastic can save over 7 cubic yards of landfill space. Around 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. 99% of lead acid batteries get recycled. Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves the equivalent of 1,665 gallons of gasoline. In 2014, in the United States, about 258 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated. On average, each person creates over 4 pounds of waste every single day. Please feel free to share your thoughts about recycling in the comments.