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Fun Facts About Recycling

Facts About Recycling

  • Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill a stadium from top to bottom twice a day!
  • Floridians produce about 9 lbs. of trash per day, twice the national average.

Facts About Paper

  • It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
  • It takes 17 trees to produce one ton of paper.
  • The average American uses 580 lbs. of paper in one year.
  • One tree can filter out 60 lbs. of air pollutants a year.
  • Virgin paper mills discard over 75% of the tree to make paper; BUY RECYCLED PAPER, not virgin stock.
  • Virgin paper mills are one of the planet’s greatest polluters of air and water.
  • Early paper was made in Egypt out of papyrus.
  • Beginning about 1690, paper was made in the U.S. from old rags. Paper production from wood did not begin until the late 1800s.
  • Paper recycling began in the U.S. in the 1930s.

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