What Not to Recycle
Please do not put these items in the recycling bins:
- The average American generates 1,609 pounds of trash per year.
- Scientists estimate that it takes 700 years for a plastic bottle to decompose.
- One ton (2,000 lbs) of recycled paper can save:
- 3.5 cubic yards of landfill
- 17 thirty-foot pulp trees
- 17,000 gallons of water
- 380 gallons of oil
- 4100 kilowatt of energy
- Energy conserved from recycling rather than processing from raw materials:
- Aluminum 97%
- Plastic 67%
- Paper 64%