As a kid you enjoyed learning facts and figures because it gave you something to talk about to your friends and family. Well, here are some really fun facts for your kids about recycling that they will find absolutely amazing – and you too!
In the United States alone there are 4 million plastic bottles used every hour. And of those 4 million plastic bottles roughly 25 percent of them get recycled. In 2011, over 3 tons were washed up on the shores on the United State. That still doesn’t account for the plastic that is still floating out there.
By other way of interesting recycling facts for kids is that plastics are in everyday items (recycled of course) we use. Their pencils for school, pens, erasers, watches, and even their backpacks have plastic in it. Thanks in part to recycling, this is made possible. Pretty cool, huh?
Metal is pretty cool (no pun intended). Metal is the easiest “element” to recycle and it is used in everything. From tin cans to car parts, you can find metal that is recycled from something or another. Over 80 tons of metal are scrapped each year and they all go into the recycling yards. Basically metal is melted down and poured into molds. Now that is cool. You can’t argue with how cool that is because you’re essentially taking a solid object, making it liquid, then shaping it back up. Recycling at its best.
This is the most common recycled product. 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.
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. That does not make its way into the recycle bin.
Glass is like metal. It can be recycled over and over and over again. Most “glass” products that you use are really only a quarter actual glass. It’s amazing because glass isn’t malleable – just highly liquefiable.
Of course there are a lot of other interesting and fun facts about recycling. No matter how interesting the fact is, we still have to recycle for the betterment of our environment. You will find it satisfying and rewarding.