In this day and age, many people out there have embraced the act of recycling. Many do it because they want to while others do it because they are pushed. Whichever the case, recycling can make a huge difference in the environment. Below are a few recycling statistics that may be unknown to many.
Aluminum cans can be recycled and put back into the market in less than two months. Recycling one ton of aluminum cans saves about 2,500 gallons of gasoline, which can power a home in Africa for approximately ten years.. Since most beverage cans are made up of aluminum, recycling them would save the human population a lot of energy. Apparently, aluminum can be recycled over and over again without degrading in quality. Statistics indicate that over 80 billion aluminum cans are used annually around the globe.
On average, a single person uses at least seven trees in one year, through wood, paper or any other wood products. In America alone, over 2 trillion trees are used in one year. Thus, recycling wood products becomes an essential factor to consider to preserve the trees. One way of doing this is by recycling newspapers. Two thousand pounds of recycled paper can help to save around 20 trees, 350 gallons of oil, and a lot of manpower. This, in turn, equates to less air pollution.
Plastic bags are the most used form of packaging. More than 80% of products are packed in plastic bags. These bags are known to pollute the environment largely, and thus many countries are banning the use of these bags. However, if plastic bags are properly recycled, they are the cheapest form of packaging. Plastic bags that are thrown into the ocean kill over one million sea creatures annually. One-third of materials found in most dump sites are made up of plastic bags. These bags take years to decompose and hence they should constantly be recycled. Around 2,000 gallons of gasoline can be saved by recycling about 100kgs of plastic materials.
Glass is another product that is 100% recyclable. It can also be recycled over and over again without losing color or quality. Taking an initiative to recycle about 100o kgs 0f glass is equivalent to saving ten gallons of oil. It also reduces the mining cost as well as conserving the environment. A thrown piece of glass can take hundreds of years to decompose. Thus, recycling of glass is an important aspect of conserving the environment.
It has also been found out that reusing steel can lead to a reduction of up to 86 % in air pollution and 76% in water pollution. It also saves 74% of energy and another 40% of water used in its production. Statistics show that about 2,500 pounds of raw iron, 120 pounds of limestone and 1,400 pounds of coal by recycling 1000kgs of steel. Steel is tops on the list of recyclable materials with a 68% global recycling rate.
Textile products can also be recycled. An average lifespan of a clothing material is around three years. Fortunately, all textile products are 100% recyclable. In the U.S. alone more than 2.5 billion dollars is saved by recycling of textile products. More than 17,000 jobs are created in America by recycling of these products.
Therefore, recycling plays a significant role towards environmental conservation, jobs creation as well as time and resources management.