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
- 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
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 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