This is what happens when we DON'T recycle

Photo: Zak Noyle

 

THE PROBLEM

The US only recycles about 9% of our plastic materials

which is significantly less than China (25%) and Europe (30%)

This means that 91% of that material eventually ends up in our Landfills or the Ocean.  

PLASTICS IN LANDFILLS

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IT CAN TAKE UP TO

1000 YEARS

FOR PLASTIC TO BREAK DOWN

AND

IN LANDFILLS

MIXING WITH RAINWATER TO PRODUCE

TAKING UP VALUABLE SPACE

WHILE

A TOXIC BY PRODUCT

LEACHATE

THAT CAN

LEACH THROUGH LANDFILL LINERS 

AND CONTAMINATE GROUNDWATER SOURCES AND EVENTUALLY OUR OCEAN

ONCE IN THE OCEAN

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 

8 MILLION TONS

OF PLASTIC ENTER OUR OCEAN

EVERY YEAR

WHERE OCEAN CURRENTS

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TAKE THE PLASTIC TO 1 of 5 OCEAN GYRES

THE PLASTICS BREAK INTO MICROPLASTICS

AND OVER TIME

WHICH ARE

EATEN BY FISH AND OTHER MARINE ANIMALS

AND EVENTUALLY

END UP ON OUR DINNER PLATES FOR US TO EAT

THE SOLUTION

RECYCLING BY THE NUMBERS

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Americans recycle about 12 Billion Bottles every year!

Recycling facilities can generate 7-10 more jobs compared to landfills and waste-to-energy plants.

It takes 22 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of virgin plastic, however it only takes 2/3 of a gallon to recycle 1 pound of plastic.

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Producing 1 Ton of recycled plastic saves 5,774 Kwh of energy, compared to 1 Ton of Virgin plastic.

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 1.5 tons of CO2 Emission compared to producing 1 ton of virgin plastic.

More than 1,600 different businesses in the U.S. use post-consumer recycled plastic.

As recycling collection, sorting, and processing improves, these numbers will also improve! The hope is to create a system where we continuously recycle plastic products, reducing the need to make virgin plastics. Recycling not only helps conserve natural resources, but also protects the health of creatures living on this planet, including us!

SOME RECYCLING RESOURCES!

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CarbonLITE Recycling

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Walmart Recycling Playbook

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Kids' Recycling Guide

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Recycling 1 TON of plastic can save:

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42,000

GALLONS OF WATER

That's like flushing your toilet 26,250 times in a day!

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5,774

KwH OF ENERGY

That can power the average home for 6 months!

1.5

TONS OF CO2 EMISSIONS

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That's 3 flights from Los Angeles to New York and back!

THE FUTURE

IT TAKES ALL OF US

It starts by   

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and not throwing it away.

It starts by using

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and

to produce plastic products like bottles and packages.

It starts with us developing better, more efficient methods

                                                                       to collect, sort, and reprocess plastic.

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It starts with our Government creating incentives and local agencies

                                                                creating more accessible recycling areas.

RECYCLING

AND

USING RECYCLED PLASTIC

CAN

HELP CLEAN UP OUR ENVIRONMENT !