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Junk We Recycle

Household Items

Clothing, toys, furniture and appliances.

Yard debris

Tree branches, bagged grass, trunks, shrubbery and brush.

Construction & Remodeling Debris

Lumber, concrete, asphalt, roofing, insulation, carpeting and bricks.

Metal

Iron, steel, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel.

Plastics

Bottles, empty drums, mixed plastics and packaging material.

Paper/Cardboard

Office paper, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, paper packaging, phonebooks, mixed paper, books, magazines, shredded paper and boxes.

Tires

On-road and off-road vehicle tires.

Electronics

Computers, monitors, stereo equipment and miscellaneous electronics.

Batteries

Car / truck batteries, boat / marine batteries and sump pump batteries.

 

 

Miscellaneous Recycling Facts

An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space -- that's almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

Each year the US population discards enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.

We use over 79 billion aluminum soda cans every year. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline. Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled.

There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled.

A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!

Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!

Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.

If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year!

Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!

The 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.

Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!

Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.

Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in the landfill.

Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%

A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again, reducing our reliance on imported oil.

On average, each one of us produces 4.6 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year.

About one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material!

A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers -- make sure they're recycled!

Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is "Mount Rumpke." It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.

THE AVERAGE 1-800-JUNKPRO® TRUCK PICKS UP 37,800 POUNDS OF JUNK PER WEEK AND RECYCLES OVER 23,000 POUNDS OF THAT. THIS MEANS EACH JUNK TRUCK, ON AVERAGE, DIVERTS MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION POUNDS AWAY FROM OUR LANDFILLS EVERY YEAR.

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