So Where Did it All Start?

The first municipal recycling program began in 1972 in Pennsylvania by simply towing a small trailer behind a regular city garbage truck.

Now, some forty plus years later, over 1,200 million tons of trash are recycled every year just in the United States alone.

On the commercial side, Proctor & Gamble has achieved an 85% "zero waste" standard at their manufacturing facilities around the word, meaning only 15% of their industrial manufacturing waste is going to a landfill.

Some other interesting facts:

  • Approximately 68% of all paper products sold in the US are recycled.
  • Approximately 65% of the total waste stream is now recycled in the United States.
  • There has been a 100% increase in total recycling in the United States during the past 10 years alone.
  • There are over 8,500 curbside recycling programs in the United States.
  • It takes 95% LESS energy to recycle an aluminum can than it does to manufacture a new one
  • There are over 290 million scrap tires - each year - that are generated in the United States alone.

Some Weird - And Some Not-so-Weird - Things That Can Now Be Recycled

You'd never believe some of the things that can now be recycled.  Below is just a partial list of a few of the more interesting ones along with links to where you can get additional information.

Packing peanuts
Wine corks
Water filters
Pet fur and other hair
Tennis balls
Eye glasses
Hearing aids
Prosthetic limbs

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