Canned Facts About Recycling

The Plastics 1 of 8

Recycling is an amazing technological advancement, but it's importance in the modern world is extremely undervalued. The amount of garbage that the human race creates each year is staggering, but only a small fraction of it makes it to the recycling plant. Learn more about this fascinating process by reading through this gallery!

One of the most commonly recycled materials is plastic, but it hardly makes a dent in the massive amount of plastic that Americans use. Did you know that Americans throw away a whopping 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? That amounts to over 20 billion plastic bottles tossed in just one year. Here are some other facts about plastic:

  • Around 50% of polyester carpet is made from recycled plastic bottles.
  • Recycling one ton of plastic saves about 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Plastic garbage kills approximately one million sea creatures each year.