Save the Planet Fun Facts

Save the Planet - recycling facts



  • Recycling factsEvery three months, Americans discard enough aluminum to completely rebuild every single commercial airplane in America.
  • It takes about 400 years for aluminum to break down naturally. That Coke can you just drank from will probably still look about the same in another century or two.
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.
  • Used aluminum cans can be recycled and used in various products like vehicle parts, sliding shutters for windows and doors, etc.—Fun-Facts/


  • Recycle paperIf all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times.
  • If every household in the U.S. reused a paper bag for one shopping trip, about 60,000 trees would be saved


  • Recycle plastic bottlesAmericans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away
  • The average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years.



  • Recycle glassEvery month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable.
  • Glass is one of the very few products that can be recycled continuously…FOREVER.



  • Recycle cardboardRecycling one ton of cardboard saves over nine cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Earth911 reports that recycling one ton of cardboard can save around 46 gallons of oil
  • Recycling 1 ton of corrugated cardboard saves 700 gallons of water

Last update: March 29, 2016