25 Significant Ways That Recycling Can Help The World

Recycling is possibly one of the best ways we have to protect our environment. Although you as an individual most likely can’t control the carbon emissions of factories and governments, you can certainly make a change in your own life and the lives of your community. As more and more people are sharing the precious resources we have on this planet, it becomes more important that we ration them and ensure that we don’t destroy our world in the process of trying to improve our lives on it. No matter where you fall on the political or economic spectrum, everybody knows that to some extent, recycling is definitely important. Today we are going to dive into the world of recycling, green power, and sustainability and in many way this is the future of our planet. Our children and their children will have to take these things to heart as they all strive to live on a planet that can only support a limited population. And of course, one day we will hopefully find other ways to power and support our lives but until that day we have to take care of what we have. These are 25 significant ways that recycling can help the world.

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Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to one full album on your ipod

ipod

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24

6 billion kilograms (14 billion pounds) of garbage are dumped into the ocean everyday and most of it is plastic

marine debris

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23

If you don't dispose of motor oil properly, only 1 gallon could contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water

If you don't dispose of motor oil properly, only 1 gallon could contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water

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22

Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the cost of producing new aluminum

piggy bank

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21

A recycled aluminum can finds its way back to a store shelf after just 60 days

aluminum cans

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20

In Germany, the Doggone Project recycles deceased pets into fertilizer

dogs

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19

The CIA burns classified documents to heat water

cia

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18

One ton of recycled paper saves 683 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and nearly 4 cubic meters of space in a landfill

landfill

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17

27,000 trees are cut down every day for toilet paper. By recycling more of that toilet paper, a good number of trees could be saved.

toilet paper

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16

95% of the world's data is stored on paper and never looked at again. Thanks to digital storage, however, less paper is being wasted and more trees are being saved

files

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15

Recycling one plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60 watt lightbulb for over six hours

lightbulb

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14

Every hour, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles and each bottle takes 500 years to decompose.

bottles

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13

Nearly one third of an average garbage dump is packaging material that could have been recycled

Nearly one third of an average garbage dump is packaging material that could have been recycled

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12

Thousands of fish and other marine animals die by accidentally ingesting plastic bags that appear to be jellyfish. This usually happens when bags are thrown out rather than recycled.

fish

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11

In one year Americans will throw away enough plastic cans and bottles to reach the moon and back…20 times

moon

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10

Recycling one ton of plastic can save over 7,500 liters (2,000 gallons) of gas

gas

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9

Recycling one aluminum can will power a television for 2 hours

tv

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8

Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees

trees

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7

In Finland nearly 90% of plastic bottles and 100% of glass bottles are recycled

glass bottles

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6

Liposuctioned fat can actually be used as fuel

seriously

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5

If the United States raised its 35% rate of recycling to 75% it would be the same thing as removing 50 million cars from the streets (in terms of CO2 emissions)

traffic

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4

85% of clothing can be recycled

clothes

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Aluminum is the most recycled packaging product in the world. Nearly 70% of aluminum cans are recycled globally. In fact, aluminum is infinitely recyclable. This means that it can be reused in a completely novel way or it can be recast back into its original form

can

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If you don't recycle that glass bottle it could take nearly 4,000 years to decompose

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Since 2015 all residents of New York City have to recycle old electronics or face a $100 fine

Since 2015 all residents of New York City have to recycle old electronics or face a $100 fine

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