Quick Facts from CalRecycle on National Trivia Day
— TC Clark
Today is National Trivia Day, and CalRecycle is celebrating by sharing a few facts about the environment. Pass them along!
- Every year, Californians recycle more than 18 billion bottles and cans.
- Every year, more than 3 billion bottles and cans end up in landfills. You could fill every lane of more than a 700 mile-length of Interstate 5 more than foot deep with all those beverage containers!
- For every 10 pounds of aluminum you recycle, you eliminate 37 pounds of carbon emissions from the air.
- For every 10 pounds of clear plastic water or soda bottles, 3.3 pounds of carbon emissions disappear.
- And although glass bottles are a lot heavier, each 10 pounds recycled still reduces carbon by nearly a pound.
- In a landfill, aluminum cans take 80 to 100 years to break down.
- Plastic bottles hang around as long as 700 years.
- Glass bottles spend 1 million years waiting around to decompose.
- Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year.
- For every 1 million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
- According to a 2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the United States wastes 40 percent of the food it produces—more than 20 pounds of food per person every month! Reducing food waste by just 15 percent would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when 1 in 6 Americans lacks a secure supply of food to their tables.
Posted on Jan 4, 2018
Summary: Today is National Trivia Day, and CalRecycle is celebrating by sharing a few facts about the environment. Pass them along!