10 Good Reasons to Recycle “You CAN make a difference”
  1. It takes 75,000 trees each week to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times.
  2. If Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save 25 million trees a year.
  3. Recycling and Reusing the material in “tin” cans reduces energy use by 74 percent, air pollution by 85 percent, solid waste by 95 percent and water pollution by 76 percent.
  4. It takes 95 percent less energy to make aluminum by recycling it than by producing it from its natural ore, bauxite. It costs less, too.
  5. The average American uses 580 pounds of paper each year. As a nation, we consume 850 million trees annually.
  6. In 1991, the Great Wall of China became the second largest man-made structure in the world. The largest was Fresh Kills Landfill, serving New York City. It is now the highest point on the east coast.
  7. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  8. For every glass bottle recycled, we save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.
  9. Every year, Americans throw away enough office and writing paper to build a wall 12 feet high from New York to Los Angeles.
  10. In one year, American steel recycling saves enough energy to heat and light 18 million homes. One pound of recycled steel saves enough energy to light a 60 wall bulb for 24 hours.
Rethink Recycling
  1. Recycling in Illinois keeps over 5 million tons a year of useful materials out of the landfills.
  2. Over 2,400 recycling and reuse establishments do business in Illinois.
  3. Recycling in Illinois saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes.
  4. Recycling and reuse employs over 56,000 Illinois citizens.
  5. The annual payroll for these employees is more than $1.8 billion.
  6. The average annual wage for recycling and reuse workers is above the Illinois average.
  7. Manufacturing with recycled commodities in Illinois reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons (carbon equivalent) a year.
  8. Recycling and reuse establishments do $12.2 billion worth of business a year in Illinois.
  9. The recycling and reuse industry annually contributes $269 million in state and local tax revenues.
  10. Water pollution in Illinois is reduced by 21,500 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
  11. Air pollution in Illinois is reduced by 131,000 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
  12. Paper recycling in Illinois saves 53.3 million trees each year – and the wildlife habitat that goes with them.
10 Great Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day! November 15 th
  1. Commit to recycle and buy recycled products both at home and at work or school.
  2. Learn what materials you can recycle in your community and do your best to recycle all you can.
  3. When shopping, purchase products that are packaged in materials you can recycle locally.
  4. Visit a recycling center in your area. See how your recycled paper and containers are sorted and prepared for manufacturing into new products.
  5. Read product labels. At your local grocery, department center, look for products with recycled content, and buy some. Look for “safe bets” that always have recycled content: Steel, Aluminum, Glass or Molded Paper Pulp containers (like egg cartons).
  6. Ask your local retailer to stock more products with recycled content, or write the manufacturer of your favorite products asking them to use recycled materials.
  7. Organize an event such as a display of recycled content products at your school, office, store or church, or a tour of a facility that manufactures recycled-content products.
  8. Learn more about how recycling helps preserve resources, protects the environment and benefits the economy, then teach some kids about the importance of recycling and buying recycled.
  9. Don't forget waste reduction is important too. Look for ways to avoid making garbage, try composting.
  10. Visit the great outdoors and enjoy the clear air, clean water and litter-free landscapes that recycling helps make possible.
For more information visit: www.ilrecyclingassn.org , www.Americarecyclesday.org , or www.commerce.state.il.us