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Fun Recycling Facts 

Why is recycling important? Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet!

What better way to teach a young person about taking care of our planet than by learning some fun recycling facts?


Recycling Facts

  • If you recycle one aluminum can, you save enough energy to power a computer for a few hours.
  • Every person generates around 1.5 tones of waste every year. 
  • By recycling a single glass bottle, you are saving enough energy to power a lightbulb and keep it on for at least four hours. 
  • About 90% of newspapers in the US are wasted every week, meaning that half a million trees were wasted. 
  • If you recycled old cardboard boxes, you will have 75% of the energy needed to manufacture new cardboard boxes. 
  • Glass and aluminum cans are two materials that you can recycle over and over again without having a damaging effect on the environment or your health. 
  • 60% of the trash that you discard every day can be recycled or reused as something else, such as razor blades, aluminum cans, and tires. 
  • If a leaking tap drips one drop of water every second, it means that around 540 gallons of water can go to waste in a year. 
  • Over 28 billion glass jars and bottles end up in landfills every year in the United States alone. 
  • The process of recycling a single ton of plastic can save more than 2000 gallons of gasoline.

What is recycling?

Recycling is the processes of taking an organic material such as glass, plastic, metal, or paper, and processing it so that it can be used all over again!

Have you ever heard the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – three great ways to be kind to the planet. But how can you do each?

Reduce: Only use things you really need. Reduce your waste by only using what you need. If you need one napkin, that’s good enough!

No need to take a whole handful!


Reduce your use of plastic water bottles by drinking water from a reusable sports bottle or glass at home.

Reuse: Have you ever used a shoe box to collect treasures? Good job! That means you reused it! When you reuse, you extend the life of a product, rather than buying a whole new one.

That’s good for our environment.


Using your own bags at the grocery store, rather than buying new ones every time, can save a ton of paper and plastic.

Don’t stop there, you can also reuse by donating old toys to charity!

Recycle: Recycling is easy! All you have to do is pay a little extra attention to putting certain materials in a recycling bin instead of a trash can.

It’s a little different depending on your city, but many cities offer blue recycling bins to be picked up on trash day.

This is called curbside recycling. You can also find your local recycle drop-off off centers and even buy back locations!

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Top 5 Recyclable Objects!

1. Papers & Newspapers

Paper comes from trees. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees!

Recycle all of your old homework papers, newspapers, etc. so that new paper can be made from recycling and not from new cut down trees!

2. Aluminium Cans

Aluminium cans like soda cans are easily recyclable! Recycling one aluminium can saves a lot of energy- enough to watch a TV for 3 hours!


3. Plastic Bottles

Did you know that Americans use about 4 million plastic bottles every day? Plastic bottles are easily reused and recycled.

This goes for water, juice, and sports drink bottles, even plastic bottles from the bathroom like shampoo bottles!

4. Glass Bottles

Glass bottles and jars – like the ones spaghetti sauce comes in, can be reused and recycled super easily.

5. Batteries

Batteries are super cool. But did you know they contain a bunch of icky chemicals that are bad for us? That’s why it’s important to recycle batteries.

If they’re put in a landfill, they might be burned with the other trash, releasing chemicals into the air, or they might be left to decompose, letting chemicals into the soil.


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