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Check out these curious facts to learn more about recycling effects on global warming.

 

And remember you are cooler when you are smarter

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Fact#1

Waste is a significant global issue. Increasing volumes of waste are being generated as the global population and living standards rise

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Fact#2

The world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33 percent of that—extremely conservatively—not managed in an environmentally safe manner.

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Fact#3

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products!⁠

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Fact#4

Recycling reduces global warming by reducing the energy required to create new products.

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Fact#5

Germany has reportedly been the country that recycles the most on 2016.

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Fact#6

The most common materials recycled are:

  • Paper/Cardboard

  • Plastic

  • Metal containers (cans)

  • Glass

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Fact#7

Recycling 1 ton of paper can save 17 trees from being cut down

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Fact#8

Types of paper that can be recycled:

  • Copy paper

  • Newspaper

  • Packaging (cardboard)

  • Contaminated paper

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Fact#9

Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil

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Fact#10

Recycling one pound of paper could reduce green house levels by one metric ton of CO2 Eq.

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Fact#11

Of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste.

Video credit: Beyondplastic.net

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Fact#12

80’000 Tonnes of plastic float in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch GPGP, equivalent to 500 jumbo jet.

Photo credit: The Ocean  Cleanup

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Fact#13

It takes 95% less energy to make aluminium cans from recycled scraps

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Fact#14

In 2018, aluminum generation was 1.3 percent of total MSW generation at 3.9 million tons.

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Fact#15

In 2018, 31.3% of glass food and beverage packaging containers were recycled.

Video credit: Planet Money

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Fact#16

Less common materials that can be recycled

  • Organic waste (food)

  • Electronic devices

  • Batteries

  • Clothes

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Fact#17

Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from either a plant or an animal. About 30% of what we usually throw away is actually organics, including food scraps and food-soiled paper products.

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Fact#18

Recycling a single cell phone can save enought energy to power up a laptop for 44 hours.

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Fact#19

Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from either a plant or an animal. About 30% of what we usually throw away is actually organics, including food scraps and food-soiled paper products.

Photo credit: Dangerous Minds

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Fact#20

In 2017, 16,890 tons of textiles were generated—only 2,570 tons were recycled, and 11,150 tons were landfilled

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