15 Fun Facts About Recycling (and Interesting Illustrations)

15 Fun Facts About Recycling (Think before You Throw)

Person holding a phone that is displaying recycle on the screen

Recycling is like magic – turning one thing into another. 

Most of us know how recycling helps to reduce trash by reallocating the resources. However, there’s more to the story. 

The recycling industry not only offers environmental benefits but also generates jobs for millions of people every year. In fact, you can even pursue a career in recycling. 

Pretty amazing, huh? 

For those who haven’t tried already, recycling can be quite fun and fulfilling. All you need to do is think outside the trash to help the planet. 

Here are some fun recycling facts described using interesting and funny illustrations that will help you see waste in a new light:

Fact #1

Recycling one wine bottle saves enough energy to operate a 100-watt light bulb for three hours. 

Next time you enjoy some wine time, do not forget to recycle the empty bottle.

Recycling fact about wine bottle and light bulb

Fact #2

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.

Think twice before throwing away that paper in the trash. It could literally save the world.

Fun fact about recycled paper

Fact #3

Every year, Americans throw away enough office paper to build a 12-foot high wall from Seattle to New York (a new wall every year).

We could call it the Great Wall of Trash.

Wall made of office paper waste

Fact #4

Cars usually carry only one person in the U.S. There’s enough extra room in our 140 million cars that everyone in Western Europe could ride with us. 

That’s a little offbeat carpooling idea, don’t you think?

American and French man carpooling together

Fact #5

Every hour 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in America.

It’s time to switch to reusable bottles, maybe?

American population drinking water from plastic bottles

Fact #6

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.

Recycling fact about aluminum can

Fact #7

America can save 250,000,000 trees a year if we recycle all of the newspapers.

American man reading news about recycling newspapers

Fact #8

By recycling steel, we save enough energy every year to supply a decade’s worth of electricity to Los Angeles.

Fact about recycling steel and saving energy

Fact #9

With 1000 plastic milk jugs, one can make a 6-foot-long plastic park bench.

Recycling fact about plastic milk jugs and park bench

Fact #10

It takes as few as 30 days for a glass container to go from a recycling bin back to a store shelf.

Recycling glass fact

Fact #11

Glass and Aluminum materials can be recycled infinitely without any degradation in their quality.

Glass and Aluminum can be recycled infinite times

Fact #12

By printing on recycled newsprint, each New York Times newspaper can save about 3.5 gallons of water.

Looks like the news holds water after all.

Fact on recycled New York Times newspaper

Fact #13

The first garbage incinerator in the United States was built in 1885 on Governor’s Island, New York.

First garbage incinerator in the USA

Fact #14

An aluminum can that is thrown away today will still be an aluminum can 500 years from now.

Fun recycling fact on aluminum cans

Fact #15

How many recycled plastic soda bottles does it take to make: 

1 XL T-shirt – 5 bottles 

1 Ski jacket filler – 5 bottles 

1 Sweater – 27 bottles 

1 Sleeping bag – 35 bottles

Recycling plastic soda bottles

Which recycling fact did you like the most? Do you have any interesting facts to share? 

We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.


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Comments (4)

Very interesting fact-file and the presentation really captured my attention

Everything Bags Inc.

Glad you like it, Shivangi.

These are really helpful facts that can help to save our precious environment for our future generation so I will share these great facts with our network and hopefully they will follow them all. Thanks and keep posting more!!

Everything Bags Inc.

Really appreciate it, David. 🙂

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