Fiscal Year 2008 - 2009 Totals:
- Total Pounds of Garbage Produced - 457,407 (228.70 Tons)
- Total Pounds Sent to Landfill - 273,002 (136.50 Tons)
- Total Pounds Recycled - 184,405 (92.20 Tons)
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Recycling and Environmental Facts
- Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution.
- Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months.
- About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%.
- Over ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County.
- There are more roads in our National Forests than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system.
- Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling.
- Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%.
- Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours.
- If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees--or about 26 million trees per year.
- 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 Angeles residents for eight years.
- If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water.
- The U.S. is 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources.