Do you recycle? Save newspapers, cardboard, soda cans? Supposedly doing all those great things will save the planet from almost certain extinction.

Just in case the doomsayers are correct here are some tips to inspire your efforts.

Fun Facts About Recycling

  • If by some miracle you could save one ton of paper you would be saving 682.5 gallons of oil, seven thousand gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of space in your local landfill.
  • The next time you pull that roll of toilet paper off the shelf bow your head and give thanks for the 27,000 trees that give their lives for you each day.
  • Think we’ve moved to a paperless society? Think again. Ninety-five percent of the world’s information is still stored on physical paper never to be read or looked at again by anyone.
  • If you recycle a plastic bottle you will save enough energy to power a 60w light bulb for as long as six hours.
  • If you throw the bottle away as 2.5 million are thrown away each hour don’t worry — each one will decompose in 500 years.
  • In the ocean fish can’t tell the difference between plastic bags and jellyfish resulting in thousand of marine animal deaths.
  • Americans throw away enough soda cans and bottles to reach to the moon and back 20 times.
  • That recycled aluminum can could be returned to store shelves in as little as 60 days.
  • If you have an iPod you could listen to an entire album with the energy saved by recycling just one aluminum can.
  • Or you could run a TV for two hours by recycling that single aluminum can.
  • Two thousand gallons of gasoline could be saved for every ton of recycled plastic being.
  • According to a 2015 law all New York residents will face a $100 fine for not recycling their old outdated electronics, PCs, and TVs.
  • The world dumps 14 billion pounds of garbage into the world’s oceans every year. The vast majority of it is plastic.
  • Want to save 17 trees? Recycle one ton of paper products.
  • Processing new aluminum costs 95 percent more than processing recycled aluminum.

Some Final Thoughts

I guess it does make sense to recycle when you realize the savings that can be realized by such a small gesture.

Next time you practice your Kobe Bryant moves by slam-dunking that soda can. Make sure you slam-dunk it in the recycle bin. After all it can’t hurt.

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