Awesome Facts About Recycling

Recycling is one of the most effective ways that you’re average person can help the environment. Let’s face it, as humans we’re wasteful and harmful to our respective environments. While this isn’t likely to change anytime soon, being more conscious about our role in harming the environment will aid in halting its demise. With this being said, here are a few fun facts about recycling.

  1. Plastic bottles can take 500 years to decompose.
  2. There are roughly 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean at any given time.
  3. Companies design less durable products with the goal of encouraging consumers to buy newer products.
  4. Styrofoam can take over 5,000 years to biodegrade.
  5. Glass takes over 1 million years to biodegrade.
  6. 90% of people would recycle if doing so was more convenient.
  7. Over 11 billion in recyclables are thrown away in the US every year.
  8. Recycling creates additional jobs, as recycling facilities require additional workers to help process recyclables
  9. There is an area the size of Texas in the pacific ocean containing over 3.5 million tons of garbage.
  10. Over 1 trillion garbage bags are used all over the world each year.

The average American will produce roughly 90,000 pounds of garbage over the course of their lifetime.  .