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Recycling in Numbers: Key Facts You Need to Know

March 18, 2023

Global Recycling Day is an annual event on March 18th, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and encourage people to take action to reduce waste. Here are some shocking numbers related to recycling:

Every year, the world generates around 2.01 billion metric tons of solid waste, which includes food, plastic, paper, and other materials. This amount is expected to double by 2050.

In the United States, only about 32% of municipal solid waste is recycled, with the rest sent to landfills or incinerators.

Plastic pollution is a major problem around the world. It is estimated that there are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, with around 8 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year.

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.

In 2018, China stopped importing most of the world’s plastic waste, leading to a crisis in many countries that relied on China to process their recyclables.

The world’s largest recycling facility is in California, and it can process up to 10,000 tons of material per day.

Recycling paper can save trees and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It takes around 24 trees to make one ton of paper, and recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a growing problem around the world. In 2019, it was estimated that the world generated around 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste, which is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

Recycling can have a positive impact on the economy as well as the environment. In the United States, the recycling industry employs over 460,000 people and generates over $105 billion in economic activity each year.

Recycling is not just about saving the environment – it can also be fun! There are many creative ways to repurpose old items, such as turning an old T-shirt into a reusable grocery bag or using old bottle corks to make a bulletin board.

Embrace the beauty of sustainability and transform waste into wonder with the power of recycling!