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Recycling Facts: Plastic

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Plastic has brought a lot of convenience to our lives. It is water-resistant, cheap, simple to utilize and versatile. Unfortunately, plastic is not biodegradable, which means we must use this material responsibly. Recycling helps reduce the negative impact plastic has on our environment, so we can improve our carbon footprint and enjoy the benefits of plastic without suffering the consequences.

  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  • When a ton of plastic bottles are recycled approximately 3.8 barrels of petroleum is saved.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
  • Plastics in the U.S. are made primarily (70 percent) from domestic natural gas
  • Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Not having millions of plastic bottles in the landfill results in a saving of 6.7 cubic meters of landfill space that is at a premium right now.
  • Local government units and municipalities largely see the fiscal benefits of recycling plastic bottles because of the savings in landfill space and reduced landfill costs.

 

For more information on recycling plastic check out the links below
http://earth911.com/recycling/plastic/plastic-bottle-recycling-facts/
http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com/recyclingplasticbottles.html
http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html

 

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