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Did you know that over 55% of our rubbish at home could be recycled?  Did you know that some plastics can take up to 500 years to decompose? Did you know that glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled repeatedly? Our fun facts sheet includes interesting quick trivia and fast facts about recycling which will be helpful to students and teachers.

Fun Fact 1: What is Recycling? Recycling is the process that sorts, processes and changes unwanted waste materials into new products

Fun Fact 2: What can I recycle? Recyclable materials include; glass, paper, metal, plastic, fabrics and electronics. Food and garden waste can be recycled as it is biodegradable, however it is not generally considered true recycling

Fun Fact 3: It has been estimated that the average American uses seven trees a year in tree products including paper and wood, environmental experts estimate that an area the size of two football fields was being destroyed from the rainforests every second!

Fun Fact 4: Recycling one tonne (2204 lb) of paper saves 17 tress, 6,000 gallons of water and produces 73% less air pollution than if it were made from raw materials

Fun Fact 5: Why should we recycle? There are many reasons that we should all recycle including; to cut back on the use of new raw materials, to reduce excessive energy use, to prevent waste of potentially dangerous materials, to reduce harmful air and water pollution and to lower gas emissions

Fun Fact 6: Why is recycling good? Recycling is good as it saves energy consumption and conserves the environment

Fun Fact 7: The metal aluminum from drinking cans, bikes, computers, cars, planes and other sources can be recycled into new; recycling old aluminum uses only 5% of the energy needed than making new from raw materials

Fun Fact 8: Recycling a single aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours, or run a 100watt light bulb for four hours

Fun Fact 9: If garbage is not recycled it may go into landfill. Landfill garbage rots and can produce a dangerous greenhouse gas called methane. Recycling is a great way to fight against global warming

Fun Fact 10: There are three main systems to collect garbage to enable sorting for recycling; curb-side or house collection, drop-off centres or buy-back centres (i.e. scrap metal). Dry garbage is sorted out at a materials recovery facility (MRF)

Fun Fact 11: Two gallons of used motor oil can generate enough electricity to power the average home for a whole day

Fun Fact 12: It can take just six weeks for an aluminum can  or glass bottle to be recycled they are 100% recyclable and can be recycled forever!

Fun Fact 13: Recycling one glass bottle can save 20% air pollution and 50% less water pollution than making new bottle from raw materials

Fun Fact 14: Biodegradable waste can be processed by an anaerobic digester, which turns the waste into fuel

Fun Fact 15: Plastic bags and garbage thrown into our oceans kill more than 1,100,000 marine mammals, fish and sea creatures every year

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