Recycles Glass• Glass is heavy (high shipping cost), not veryvaluable and it breaks into small pieces thatget everywhere in the waste stream. Breakagealso compounds the biggest obstacle to value,glass needs to be sorted by color to havesignificant value to companies that userecycled glass.
TIRES in the U.S.(*2003 statistics, Rubber Manufacturers Association )Number of scrap tires generated annually: 290 millionPercentage of total solid waste generated: 2.0 percentNumber of scrap tires going to a market: 233 millionNumber of scrap tires used for fuel: 130 millionNumber of scrap tires used in civil engineeringprojects:56 millionNumber of scrap tires used in ground rubberapplications:28 millionNumber of scrap tires punched/stamped into newproducts:7 millionNumber of tires exported: 9 millionNumber of tires in stockpiles: 265 million
Steel Can Statistics• Every minute, approximately 20,000 steel cansare recycled in the United States.• The amount of steel recovered throughrecycled packaging in 2005 (more than 1.4million tons) would yield enough steel to build185,000 steel framed homes, or as manyhomes as there are in the entire state ofWyoming.
Some Recycle Stats…• Almost every hour, nearly 250,000 plasticbottles are dumped. It is not surprising thatplastic bottles constitute close to 50% ofrecyclable waste in the dumps.• Nearly 60 to 70% of waste found in dustbinscan be recycled and reused and close to 50%of the same waste can be composted.
More stats…• Plastic not only adds to landfill space and takesforever to decompose. Used plastic dumped intothe sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated1,000,000 sea creatures per year!• United States is one of world’s largest producersof trash. Trash is produced at an alarming rate of1,609 pounds of trash per person, per year.