Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water. This represents a 64 percent energy savings, a 58 percent water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution.
If everyone in the U.S. started using a reusable drinking container for one year, that would save enough crude oil to power a million cars for a year.
Aluminum is part of a closed recycling loop; it can be continually recycled into new cans. For every can recycled, enough energy will be saved to power a television for three hours.
Here are reuse policies you can implement:
- Replace plastic bags with reusable bags.
- Use tissues and towels made of recycled post-consumer content.
- Purchase and utilize goods that have either pre- or post-consumer content.
- Any leftover materials from previous projects should be kept and reused.