Beyond Credential Clothing: General Recycling Statistics

Beyond Credential Clothing: General Recycling Statistics, a blog post by EcoGoodz

We’ve brought you many statistics about credential clothing, mixed rags, and the used clothing industry. Today we’d like to share with you some of the top statistics from other recycling industries.

Environmental Statistics by Intelex, featured in a blog post by EcoGoodz, a credential clothing supplier
Recycling infographic created by Intelex
  1. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a TV for 3 hours. Aluminum cans can be recycled an unlimited number of times. 

Did you know that almost 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today? Americans recycle approximately 67% of their used aluminum. The 33% that gets thrown away? It’s worth about $1 billion. (source)

  1. If every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 2.5 million trees each year.

In 2015, the paper recovery rate reached a record high of 66.8%, beating the previous high of 66.4% set in 2011. 52 million tons of paper was recovered for recycling in 2015. (source)

  1. Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp.

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Data for the year 2015 indicate that 33.4 percent of the paper and paperboard recovered in the U.S. went to produce containerboard (i.e., the material used for corrugated boxes) and 11.8 percent went to produce boxboard, which includes basestock for folding boxes and gypsum wallboard facings. (source)

Net exports of recovered paper to China and other nations accounted for 39.8 percent of the paper collected for recycling in the U.S in 2015.

  1. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt lightbulb for 4 hours.

Like aluminum, glass can be recycled indefinitely. “The container and fiberglass industries collectively purchase 3 million tons of recycled glass annually, which is remelted and repurposed for use in the production of new containers and fiberglass products. Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled.” (source)

  1. 75% of every vehicle is recyclable.

Did you know that “every year, over 25 million tons of materials are recycled from old vehicles”? It’s true. “Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the world today.” (source)


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