Recycling Facts for Kids

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Different materials can be recycled, including paper, plastic, glass, metal, textiles and electronic equipment. Here are some recycling facts to pass on to your kids.


  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  • We use over 80 BILLION aluminum soda cans every year!
  • Americans throw away enough steel every year to build all the new cars made in America.
  • Aluminum can be recycled from cans, bicycles, computers, cookware, wires, cars, planes and other sources.


  • Glass recycling is often separated into colors because glass keeps its color after recycling.
  • Glass can be recycled over and over and over again.
  • Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.


  • In the United States alone there are 4 million plastic bottles used every hour.
  • Out of 4 million plastic bottles roughly 25 percent of them get recycled.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as ONE MILLION sea creatures each year!


  • Paper is the most common recycled product.
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees.
  • Paper recycling helps reduce air pollution by 74 percent and 35 percent less water pollution.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 463 gallons of oil, and saves 5 yards of landfill space.
  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250 MILLION trees each year!
  • Paper is also the cheapest product to recycle because it is so quickly and easily made.
  • The average American family wastes 150 pounds of paper a year.

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