Recycling's Impact is Staggering.
It’s one of the most significant things we can do to help our environment.
Many metals and other materials can be recycled and used again indefinitely. By recycling we protect and preserve some of nature's finite resources, decrease energy and water use, lower dangerous levels of carbon emissions and help reduce the levels of waste going into our landfills.
When our manufacturing plants use recycled products instead of virgin materials, they dramatically reduce carbon and pollution emissions, reduce water and energy consumption and free up space at our landfills.
The threat of global warming highlights just how important the benefits of recycling can be for the entire planet. With global warming directly linked to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, it is important that we act now to reduce these emissions. Here are some examples that show the impact recycling is having:
- By using a ton of recycled steel rather than
primary iron ore, carbon emissions are
reduced by 2.1 tons.
- When one ton of aluminum is recycled, carbon
emissions are reduced by a staggering 7.9 tons.
- The amount of energy saved just from recycling
aluminum cans in 2010 is equal to the energy equivalent of 17
million barrels of crude oil, or nearly two days of all U.S. oil
- In 2009 Americans recycled 82 million tons of
material. The resulting CO² emission reduction was equivalent to
taking 33 million passenger cars off the road.
- For every ton of computers recycled, carbon emissions are reduced by approximately four tons.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy
to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer
for 30 minutes or a television for 20 minutes.
- One ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every
six tons of recycled container glass used in the
- Over 65% of paper consumed in the U.S. was
recovered for recycling in 2012. This results in avoided
greenhouse gas emissions of more than 18.5 million metric tons of
equivalents each year.
- Every pound of recycled PET plastic used in place of virgin material reduces energy use in plastic production by 84% and greenhouse gas emissions by 71%.
It takes 95% less energy to process recycled aluminum as compared to making it from scratch. This chart shows the energy saved by recycling various materials versus making the same materials new.