12 Amazing Recycling and Waste Statistics

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There’s a huge amount of data out there about waste and recycling, but when you hear staggering numbers without context, it can be hard to wrap your head around what exactly those numbers mean. To help make this information more digestible, Earth911 has made many fact-o-grams, which help sum up a recycling figure with a few words and an image. We’ve compiled a list of our most popular fact-o-grams to give you a sense of how much we waste, how much we recycle and what impact recycling can have on daily life.
 

1. Aluminum Cans

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Not only can recycling aluminum cans save energy, it can also contribute to the increasing recycling rate for these beverage containers. New statistics released by the Aluminum Association this year indicate the aluminum can recovery rate is on the rise and reached 65.1% in 2011.

That makes aluminum cans the world’s most recycled beverage container.

To learn more about the goals for aluminum can recycling, take a look at September’s announcement.

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