Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Why recycle?

Recycling saves energy! Here are some facts from the Baltimore County recycling webpage:

  1. A recycled six-pack of aluminum cans could save enough energy to drive a car five miles.
  2. Every ton of newspaper recycled saves 4,100 kWh of electricity, enough energy to power a TV for 31 hours.
  3. The energy equivalent of 16.3 barrels of oil is used when one ton of plastic bottles is produced.
  4. Steel recycling saves enough energy to electrically power the equivalent of 18 million homes for a year.
  5. One recycled aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a computer for three hours.
  6. Americans waste 500,000 trees every Sunday by throwing away their newspapers instead of recycling them.
  7. Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves enough energy to run a refrigerator for a month.
  8. Recycling 25 aluminum cans conserves one gallon of gasoline.
  9. Recycling one ton of paper saves the energy equivalent of 39 gallons of gasoline, enough fuel to run the average car for 975 miles.
  10. It takes 20 times more energy to make a steel can from raw materials than from recycled steel cans.

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