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Facts from the City of Aspen:


· The Pitkin County landfill has an estimated remaining lifespan of 15 to 20 years under current use rates. Recycling will extend this lifespan, postponing increased disposal costs associated with exporting waste.

· In 2004, Pitkin County collected 4,471 tons of traditional recyclables (office paper, cardboard, newspaper and magazines, plastic, glass, and aluminum and tin).

· Resource savings from all this recycling includes:
21,204 trees, greenhouse gas emissions reductions equivalent to taking 2,070 cars off the road, enough energy to power 575 houses for one year.
(calculations performed by the National Recycling



Recycling Facts

Using recycled cans instead of extracting ore to make aluminum cans produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.

Recycling and remanufacturing are194 times more effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions than land filling and virgin manufacturing.

Recycling is more than a waste management strategy: it is an important strategy for reducing environmental effects, save precious resources, and keeping waste out of landfills.

About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. (EPA)

The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year – or enough energy to last Los Angles residents for eight years. (Steel Recycling Institute)

The US is 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of its natural resources (EPA)



Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough for the average car to run 1260 miles), 4100 kilowatts of energy (enough to power the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. (Trash to Cash)

About ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County. (Eco-Cycle)

There are more roads in our National Forest than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system. (National Forest Protection Alliance)

If we recycled all the newspapers printed on a typical Sunday in the US we would save 550,000 trees, or 26 million trees per year. (California Dept of Conservation)


Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. (Environmental Defense Fund)

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. (Eco-Cycle)


Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20% (Environmental Defense Fund)