In 2007, Californians alone threw more than 7 billion bottles and cans in the trash instead of the recycling bin. Here are some recycling facts and tips to help you think twice before trashing your recyclable beverage containers.
- An average California household throws away over 34 pounds of plastic water and soda bottles each year.
- 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:
- New glass containers
- Decorative home decor
- Fiberglass Insulation
- Aluminum – recycled material products made from Aluminum Cans:
- Picture frames
- Decorative home decor: Bowls, vases, etc.
- Baseball bats