Environmental and Recycling Statistics For Our Worldwide Viewers

United States:

The last time the EPA reported the national recycling figures was in 2009 for 243 million tons of trash generated:

  • 82 million tons composted or recycled for recovery rate of 33.8 percent
  • 74 percent of office-type paper recovered
  • 60 percent of yard trimmings recovered
  • 34.5 percent of metals recycled
  • 7 million tons of metals recycled reduced greenhouse gas emissions at equivalent of removing 5 million cars from road for one year
  • Approximately 9,000 community curbside recycling programs exist in United States, increase over reported 2002 figure of 8,875
  • Approximately 3,000 community composting programs exist – decrease from reported 2002 figure of 3,227 programs

United Kingdom:

  • On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
  • Every UK household produces over one tonne of rubbish every year.
  • Every eight months the UK produces enough waste to fill Lake Windermere.
  • It is estimated that there are 90 million redundant mobile phones in the UK.
  • Over Christmas as much as 83km² of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a colour TV for 15 minutes.
  • Glass will not decompose in landfill but can be recycling without loss of purity.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper than making it from raw materials
  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a 60W light bulb for six hours.
  • Once an aluminium can is recycled it can be part of new can within six weeks.
  • If all the aluminium cans sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer full dustbins each year.
  • It takes just 25 two litre drink bottles to make one adult size fleece.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Cyprus:        Problems Cyprus is currently facing regarding environmental issues:

  • Lack of administrative capacity on the national level (for licensing and inspection)
  • Lack of infrastructure for treating recyclable materials in the country
  • Infrastructure for separate collection, sorting and transfer not fully developed
  • Lack of information on separate collection with final consumers
  • Uncontrolled disposal in rural areas may still exist


  • In 2004, Canadian households produced 13.4 million tonnes of waste
  • Almost 3/4 of this was sent for disposal
  • Residential waste increased by 2.1 million tonnes over 4 years
  • Canadians produce 418 kg of waste per person as of 2004
  • 3.6 million tonnes of the 13.4 million tonnes of waste went to recycling
  • Romania:

  • When buying something in a glass bottle, a deposit must be set aside. The deposit can be collected again when the bottles are recycled
  • The same is true with plastic shopping bags
  • One problem here is that recycling bins are not easily found, so most go in the trash bin
  • New Zealand:Environmental Benefits Of RecyclingFor every one tonne of paper recycled:

  • 13 trees are conserved
  • 31,780 litres of water are conserved
  • 2.5 barrels of oil are conserved
  • 4 cubic yards of landfill space is conserved 4,100 kWh of electricity is saved
  • A person uses two pine trees’ worth of paper products each year (US)
  • Globally, the pulp and paper industry pumps 100,000 tonnes of acid rain producing sulphur dioxide into the air each year.
  • Making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
  • Australia:

  • Australia is one of the countries with the highest per capita waste generation
  • Each Australian household produces about 400 kilos of waste per year
  • The most common form of hazardous waste produced by Australians is batteries
  • Items made out of plastic are also very common waste here
  • Australians used 685,000 tonnes of newspaper in 2002 and 500,000 tonnes of it was recycled
  • 95% of Australian households recycled their waste and 83% reused their waste
  •     These are the stats for our viewership from the top 7 countries for our blog.  The rest will be coming

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