Recycle It all Begins with You!

Environmental Facts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency


  • If all morning newspapers in the U.S. were recycled for one day, approximately 41,000 trees would be saved and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in the landfill.

  • Recycled paper production uses 58% less water compared to virgin paper production.

  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.

  • Plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill.

  • It takes 5 PETE bottles (water bottles) to make 1 square foot of polyester carpet, an extra large t-shirt or filling for a ski jacket.

  • Recycling 1 pound of steel saves enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for over 26 hours.

Economic Facts from the Michigan Recycling Coalition

  • The State of Michigan generates $2 billion in revenue from processing recyclables, employs over 5,000 people paying $137 million in wages.