Quick Facts on Recycling

  • Recycling aluminum cans can earn you money.
  • Recycling saves resources.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling reduces litter.
  • Recycling takes little time.
  • You can make 20 recycled aluminum cans with the energy it takes to make one new aluminum can.
  • There are approximately 23 cans to each pound of aluminum.
  • It takes three tons of recycled newspaper to make one ton of daily newspaper.
  • Paper made from waste papers instead of virgin wood requires 61% less water and results in 70% fewer air pollutants.
  • Printer ink cartridges can be recycled.
  • Sixty-seven one-foot bundles of newspaper equal on ton of newspaper.
  • Eleven six-foot stacks of newspaper equal one ton of newspaper.
  • While nature can recycle a steel can in one hundred years; and an aluminum can in five hundred years, it takes a glass bottle one million years to decompose.

For additional information, contact the Solid Waste Management Section at (217) 785-8604.