How Much Does Recycling Save?

August 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

Recycling has many benefits; less waste is sent to landfills, resources are conserved, pollution is reduced, and products made with recycled materials require less energy to be manufactured. Many of the materials we use in daily life can be recycled. Below is a list of the most common materials we use and details how much we can save by recycling them.

Recycling paper saves trees, water and energy. According to the EPA, manufacturing recycled paper uses 40% less energy than manufacturing paper from fresh wood pulp. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water. Paper can go through five rounds of recycling before it becomes unusable. 

The recycling of aluminum is especially efficient. Creating aluminum from recycled aluminum only uses 5% of the energy used to make it from the raw materials. Aluminum can take several hundred years to biodegrade in landfills. Energy saved from recycling one aluminum can is enough to power TV for 3 hours.

Recycling glass uses 70% of the energy needed to manufacture new glass. Glass takes a million years to decompose in landfills, so in addition to saving energy, recycling and reusing glass can save a lot of space.

The recycling plastic uses only 10% of the energy needed to make plastic from raw materials. Recycled plastics can also be used in products like carpets or jackets.

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