544,000 – Trees saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones.
20 million – Ton sof electronic waste thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.
315kg Amount of CO2 not released into the atomosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products.
$160 billion value at the global recycling industry that employs over 15 million people.
79 million tons amount of waste material diverted away from disposal in 1005 through recycling and composting.
5% fraction of the energy it takes to recycle aluminum versus mining and refining new aluminum.
9 cubic yards – Amount of landfill space saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.
51.5% percentage of the paper consumed in that was recovered far recycling in 2005.
98% percentage of glass bottles in Denmark that are refillable.
98% of those are returned by consumers for reuse.
Top 5 Recycling Countries
- Switzerland 52%
- Austria 49.7%
- Germany 48%
- Netherland 46%
- Norway 40%
The Global Face of Recycling
Recycling in India
- In Dharavi, India many people make a living by creating their own recycling factories. It is estimated that the self-made recycling industry employs roughly 200,000 people. It’s not merely taking care of waste, but a way of life and a source of income.
- India recycles roughly 40% of their e-waste a year.
Recycling in Japan & China
- The citiizens of china who dilgently collect recyclables offf the street are numbered around 2.5 million people. These scrap collectors earn the equivalent of $150 a month which is roughly half of what a cab driver earns in that country int he same time frame.
- It is estimated that 20% of the countries waste is disposed of improperly in China.
- In Japan, recycling is a $360 billion dollar industry.
- Beijing has built the world’s largest recycling facility and continues to install recycling bins.
- Beijing hopes to increase their recycling rate from 10% to 80% by 2010.
Recycling in Europe
- Austria takes the ake by recycling roughly 60% of its waste.
- The United Kingdom recycles roughly 17.7% of its waste. Ireland, Italy, and Portugal are around the same percentage.
Recycling in South America
- In Brazil, nearly 500 cooperatives employ approximately 500,000 recycling collectors. This is a $3 billion industry.
- Fifty percentage of 140,000 tons of trash generated daily in Brazil is recycled.
- Chile opened its 1st electronic scrap recycling facility in 2005.
- Peru opened its first recycling plant in 2007, which processes plastic packaging.
- The glass recycling company has partnered with the government and glass manufacturers in South Africa in an atempt to increase the current glass recycling rate. This partnership increased recycling rates from 148,000 tons to 183,000 tons of glass recycling in roughly a year and a half.