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Glass containers are 64% clear, 23% brown, and 13% green.
41 billion glass containers were produced in the U.S. in 1992.
All glass food and beverage containers can be recycled.
Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
All newly purchased glass food jars contain at least 35% recycled glass.
In 1994, approximately 13.3 million tons of glass waste was generated in the U.S. Food and beverage containers made up 91% of this amount: the remainder came from products like cookware and glassware, home furnishings, and plate glass.
Glass constituted 6.3% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream in 1994.
About 25.8% of all glass food and beverage containers were recycled in 1994. Glass had an overall recovery rate of 23.4% that same year.
Most of the glass recovered in the U.S. is used in new glass containers. A portion is also used in fiberglass and "glasphalt" for highway construction.
Since 1000 AD, world population has tripled, while fossil fuel use has grown tenfold.
In 1989, almost 60% of the nation's automotive oil was changed by consumers themselves.
Americans throw away enough used motor oil every year to fill 120 supertankers.
Used oil from a single oil change (approx. one gallon) can ruin a million gallons of fresh water - a year's supply for 50 people.
Used oil is insoluble, persistent, slow to degrade, sticks to everything from beach sand to bird feathers, and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals that pose a health threat to humans, plants, and animals.
An estimated 200 million gallons of used motor oil is improperly disposed of each year in the U.S. by being dumped on the ground, tossed in the trash (ending up in landfills), and poured down storm sewers and drains.
Recycling used oil would save the U.S. 1.3 million barrels of oil per day.
The world's largest waste oil processing plant is located in East Chicago, Indiana. The facility is to recycle 75 million gallons per year of crankcase and industrial oil and 20 million gallons per year of oily wastewater.
One gallon of used oil provides the same 2.5 quarts of high quality lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil.
Every day, American families produce an estimated 4 million pounds of household hazardous waste (nail polish, paint thinner, batteries, etc.
Fifty U.S. states dispose of toxic waste in another state.
Enough hazardous waste is generated in one year in the U.S. to fill the New Orleans Superdome 1,500 times over.
In 1994, 13.6 million tons of food waste ended up in the municipal solid waste stream.
Americans throw away 570 diapers per second - thats 49 million diapers a year.
If you stacked all the refrigerators Americans buy in a single week, you'd have a tower more than 80 miles high.
Durable goods, such as refrigerators and television sets, made up 16% of the 1994 U.S. municipal solid waste stream by weight, or 25.5 million tons of waste.
Nondurable goods made up 27.6% of the 1994 U.S. municipal solid waste stream by weight, or 44.1 million tons of waste.
10% of the average grocery bill pays for packaging - that's more than goes to the farmers.
One-third of all garbage discarded by Americans is packaging.
An American discards an average of 100 styrofoam cups per year.
Used computer printer laser cartridges can be refilled or recycled. Empty toner cartridges can be mailed free to their maker if shipped via UPS or Mailboxes, Etc. For more information, call Cannon at 800-962-2708m Hewlett-Packard at 800-527-3753, or Apple at 800-776-2333.
Refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that must be reclaimed prior to disposal or recycling.
The Kidney Foundation will accept donated old cars and arrange for pick-up. The money goes to treat kidney illness. Call 1-800-382-9971 for more information.
To learn of the nearest collection site that accepts plastic "peanuts" used as fill in packaging, call the "Peanut Pipeline", a 24-hour toll-free hotline set-up by the Plastic Loose Fill Council, at 1-800-828-2214.
For information on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycling, call the Association of Foam Packaging Recyclers at 800-944-8448.
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