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Fact #1:

On average, Americans throw away about 3.5 pounds of trash each day.

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Fact #2:

As of 2006, there were approximately 8,660 curbside recycling programs.

Fact #3:

About 8 cartridges are thrown away in the United States every second.

Fact #4:

Every cartridge reused is one less cartridge thrown into our landfills.

Fact #5:

One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.

Fact #6:

People are more likely to throw litter on top of litter than drop litter in neat surroundings.

Fact #7:

Most people will pick up after those who leave trash behind.

Fact #8:

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours—or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

Fact #9:

More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product

Fact #10:

Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.

Fact #11:

Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste.

Fact #12:

During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.

Fact #13:

An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

Fact #14:

If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!

Fact #15:

Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.

Fact #16:

If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

Fact #17:

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.

Fact #18:

In 1993, nearly 36,000,000 tons of paper were recovered in the U.S.—twice as much in 1980.

Fact #19:

About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!

Fact #20:

By 1924, 83% of American cities were separating some trash items to be reused.

Fact #21:

A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose—and even longer if it’s in the landfill.

Fact #22:

Every piece of litter damages our environment.

Fact #23:

Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

Fact #24:

Litter dropped in our streets travels into our waterways through the stormwater system.

Fact #25:

Electronics often contain useful materials such as precious metals, glass, and plastics that should be recovered rather than buried in a landfill.

Fact #26:

The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s. The city’s first recycling plant was built in 1898.

Fact #27:

Littered cigarette butts contain toxic chemicals that leak out into air and water

Fact #28:

What you throw away today could still be around in the year 3000!!

Fact #29:

The decomposition time for a styrofoam container is approximately 1 million years.

Fact #30:

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

Fact #31:

People who feel the highest personal obligation to not litter are also people who feel a strong sense of identity with their communities.

Fact #32:

Most people will pick up after those who leave trash behind.

Fact #33:

As of 2006, there were approximately 8,660 curbside recycling programs.

Fact #34:

People are more likely to throw litter on top of litter than drop litter in neat surroundings.

Fact #35:

At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!

Fact #36:

We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.

Fact #37:

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours—or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

Fact #38:

An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

Fact #39:

If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!

Fact #40:

A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose—even longer if it’s in the landfil.

Fact #41:

The decomposition time for a plastic bag is 10 to 20 years.

Fact #42:

Recycling conserves our valuable natural resources.

Fact #43:

It takes 36 two liter bottles to produce one square yard of carpet.

Fact #44:

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100 watt light bulb burning for almost four hours or power a television for three hours.

Fact #45:

Recycling can save money and create jobs.

Fact #46:

The decomposition time for a plastic 6-pack container is approximately 450 years.

Fact #47:

Remanufacturing cartridges reduces pollution. 

Fact #48:

More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.

Fact #49:

The amount of wood and paper thrown away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

Fact #50:

Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam coffee cups each year!

Fact #51:

Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64 percent less energy and uses 58 percent less water.

Fact #52:

The decomposition time for an orange or banana peel is 2 to 5 weeks.

Fact #53:

Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.

Fact #54:

The decomposition time for a plastic jug is approximately 1 million years.

Fact #55:

Earth Day was started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Fact #56:

A primary source of litter is a motorist who does not use a car ashtray or litter bag. 

Fact #57:

Nearly two million tons of used electronics, including computers and televisions are discarded each year.

Fact #58:

One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.

Fact #59:

If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!

Fact #60:

An aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf to be purchased again in less than six weeks, a glass bottle takes as little as 30 days!

Fact #61:

350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!

Fact #62:

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.

Fact #63:

In 1993, nearly 36,000,000 tons of paper were recovered in the U.S.—twice as much in 1980. 

Fact #64:

A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling one pound of steel.  In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!

Fact #65:

Earth is referred to as the BLUE PLANET because from space the oceans combined with our atmosphere make our planet look blue.

 

Fact #66:

The decomposition time for a paper bag is approximately one month.

Fact #67:

A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That’s a lot of containers that can be all be recycled!

Fact #68:

Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

Fact #69:

The original recycling symbol was designed in 1970 by Gary Anderson, a senior at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, who submitted his idea as part of a nationwide contest.

Fact #70:

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.  It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

Fact #71:

Over 12 trillion cigarette filters are dropped on our nation each month!

Fact #72:

The national organization Keep America Beautiful was formed in 1953 when a group of corporate and civic leaders met in New York City to bring the public and private sectors together to develop and promote a national cleanliness campaign.

Fact #73:

In 1965,  First Lady Lady Bird Johnson joined Keep America Beautiful to promote a highway beautification program.

30 Years of Preservation

Keep Phoenix Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization (formerly known as Phoenix Clean and Beautiful). We have been working in Phoenix since 1982 to promote the preservation and protection of our environment. With the help of thousands of volunteers annually and financial support from the City of Phoenix Public Works Department and many corporate partners, Keep Phoenix Beautiful dedicates its efforts to recycling initiatives and education, litter reduction, beautification, and community improvement activities.