Facts & Tips

Here are some recycling facts and tips to help you think twice before trashing your recyclable beverage containers.

Recycling Facts:

  • Every 90 days a recycled aluminum can makes its way back on the shelf as something useful.
  • 80-100 years – that’s the lifespan of an aluminum can that gets tossed into the trash instead of a recycling bin.
  • 700 years – that’s how long a trashed plastic bottle will sit in a landfill taking up space and refusing to degrade.
  • 1 Million Years – Put a glass bottle in a landfill and that’s how long it’ll sit there doing nothing. Recycle it and it can live forever.

Products Made from Recycled Bottles and Cans:

  • Plastic – recycled material products made from Plastic Bottles:
    • T-shirts: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.
    • Carpet: It takes 14 20 oz. plastic bottles to make one square foot of carpet.
    • Fleece Sweater: It takes 63 20 oz. plastic bottles to make a sweater.
    • Jacket Fiberfill: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
    • Sleeping Bag Fiberfill: It takes 85 20 oz. plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.
  • Glass – recycled material products made from Glass Bottles:
    • Glassware
    • New glass containers
    • Decorative home decor
    • Fiberglass Insulation
    • Tile
  • Aluminum – recycled material products made from Aluminum Cans:
    • Picture frames
    • Decorative home decor: Bowls, vases, etc.
    • Baseball bats