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Paper: 84,615 tons

  • Each ton of paper recycled can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, 7,000 gallons of water and 60 pounds of air pollution.
  • Glendale’s paper recycling has saved 1,438,455 trees, 32,153,700 gallons of oil, 253,845 cubic yards of landfill space, 338,460,000 kilowatts of energy, 592,305,000 gallons of water and 5,076,900 pounds of air pollution.
  • Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough paper to generate water savings to fill nearly 27,000 swimming pools. (592,305,000 gallons of water/22,000 gallons per pool)
  • Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough paper to generate energy savings to power the average home for 4,127 years. (338,460,000 kilowatts of energy)
  • A piece of paper can be recycled up to 15 times before the fibers get too short for making paper. After that, it becomes toilet paper, tissue paper and paper toweling.
  • Recycled paper is also used for construction materials such as insulation and wallboard.
  • Paper accounts for 40 percent of municipal waste.
  • It takes one month for a paper bag to degrade in a landfill.

Aluminum cans: 1,202 tons

  • Glendale’s recycling program has recycled about 75,125 cans. (32 cans/pound)
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run one TV three hours. Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough aluminum cans to generate energy savings to run one TV continuously (365 days a year/24 hours a day) for 26 years.
  • There is no limit to the number of times an aluminum can may be recycled.
  • About 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled every minute nationwide.
  • Aluminum cans are recycled and returned to store shelves as new cans in as few as 60 days.
  • It takes 200-500 years for an aluminum can to degrade in a landfill.

Steel/tin cans: 1,635 tons

  • Every ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore. Glendale’s food can recycling has saved 4,087,500 pounds of iron ore.
  • Steel cans are used to package more than 1,500 different kinds of food from apples to zucchini.
  • About 630 steel cans are recycled every second nationwide.
  • It takes 80 to 100 years for a food can to degrade in a landfill.

Plastic: Every hour, Americans use 4 million plastic bottles. We recycle less than 25 percent of them.

  • Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000-2,000 gallons of gasoline. Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough plastic to generate gasoline savings to fill the tanks of nearly 292,705 automobiles. (6,439,500 gallons of gasoline/22-gallon tank)
  • A plastic bottle can take more than 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill.

PET or #1 plastic containers (PET – polyethylene terephthalate): 1,966 tons

  • Glendale’s recycling program has recycled the equivalent of 436,889 2-liter bottles. (9 2-liter bottles/pound)
  • It takes 85 20-ounce PET containers to make enough fiberfill for one sleeping bag. Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough plastic to fill 2,891 sleeping bags.
  • It takes 14 20-ounce PET containers to make one square foot of carpet. Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough plastic to make 17,554 square feet of carpet.
  • Recycling one ton of PET or #1 plastic containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. Glendale’s recycling program has recycled enough plastic to save 14,548 cubic yards of landfill space.

HDPE or #2 plastic containers (HDPE – high-density polyethylene): 2,327 tons

  • Glendale’s recycling program has recycled the equivalent of 581,750 milk jugs. (8 milk jugs/pound)
  • 30 percent of recycled HDPE bottles go into making new bottles. The plastic pipe industry uses 18 percent of the recycled HDPE. Other markets for HDPE are lawn and garden products, plastic lumber and a variety of injection molding products like buckets and crates.
  • It takes 1,050 milk jugs to make a six-foot plastic lumber park bench.

 

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