*Source: The Steel
The overall steel recycling rate
is a very impressive 83%.
During the last 10 years, more than
one trillion pounds of steel scrap have been recycled.
Recycling steel annually saves enough
energy to power approximately 18 million North American
households for one year.
Eighty-one percent of all obsolete appliances
end up in recycling facilities.
The steel used in new appliances is made
with approximately 28 percent recycled steel
Twenty-five percent of the steel used
in cars and their internal parts is recycled steel.
It is as strong or stronger than the steel from which
it has been recycled. The nearly 13.5 million cars recycled
in 1999 would yield enough steel to produce 48 million
steel utility poles-that's one-third of the utility
poles in the entire United States.
By 2002, an estimated 25% of all new
homes built in the United States will be framed in recycled
steel. In 1998, the recycling rate for steel cans was
56%-about 17 billion steel cans. Think of it: that's
545 cans recycled per second, all of which were manufactured
into new consumer goods.
Virtually every car taken off the road
(nearly 98 out of 100) is recycled for its steel content.
Since 1972, the amount of energy required
to produce a ton of steel has been reduced by 34%.
*Source: American Forest
and Paper Association
In 2006, the United States recovered
53.4% of all paper used - 53.5 million tons.
The paper recovered for recycling in
the past 10 years would fill more than 3.5 square miles
of landfill space stacked 50 feet high. More paper is
recovered in America for recycling than all other materials
More than one-third of the raw material
fiber used by American paper manufacturers comes from
*Source: The Aluminum
*Source: American Plastics Council
Much of aluminum's recycling value
comes from the energy saved when making aluminum from
recycled material; it requires 95% less energy than
making it from primary bauxite ore.
Altogether, aluminum from recycled cans
and other products accounts for about 50% of the aluminum
industry's raw material metal supply.
Recycling is so efficient that it can
take as few as 60 days for an aluminum can to be collected,
melted, made into a new can, and awaiting purchase on
a supermarket shelf.
In 1998, the amount of post-consumer plastic bottles
of all types that were recycled increased to 1.45 billion
pounds, a 7% increase -or 89 million additional pounds-
over the bottle recycling rate of 1997.
PET bottle recycling increased by more
than 9% or 61 million pounds-in 1998, to 710 million
pounds. The PET bottle-recycling rate is now 24.4 percent.
Bottles made from HDPE make up the highest
number of plastic bottles recycled-nearly 734 million
pounds. In 1998, HDPE bottles accounted for more than
50% of all bottle recycling. The HDPE bottle recycling
rate is now 25.2%.
PET and HOPE accounted for more than
99% of the 1.45 billion pounds of bottles recycled in
1998. These two resins also accounted for more than
94% of all resins used in the manufacture of plastic
bottles that year