April 25th, 2018

(1) Americans make nearly 400 billion photocopies a year, or about 750,000 copies every minute of every day. (2) Single-stream recycling, which allows customers to commingle recyclable paper and mixed containers in one bin for collection, has greatly increased participation and household recovery. When the material arrives, it needs to sorted. (3) In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 90,000 pounds of trash. Currently, only about 10 percent of that gets recycled. (4) We also throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. (5) Currently, fewer than one third of glass bottles sold in the United States are recycled. (6) Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. (7) If it doesn’t make it into the recycle bin, it goes to the landfill and becomes part of the 251 millions tons of household waste created by Americans every year. (8) Of course, while recycling is important, a better way to reduce our footprint is to simply create less waste.