• The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s. The city's first recycling plant was built in 1898.
  • By 1924, 83% of American cities were separating some trash items to be reused.
  • Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.
  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
  • The highest point in Ohio is "Mount Rumpke," which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill!
  • The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.
  • Speaking of diapers, a cloth diaper washed at home costs 3¢ per use. A disposable diaper costs 22¢ per use. The difference can add up; a typical baby will use about 10,000 diapers!
  • Between 5 and 15% of what we throw away contains hazardous substances.
  • Out of ever $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
  • On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.

Trash and Landfills

Recycling Facts

Recycling Facts

  1. Aluminum & Metals

  2. Paper & Cardboard

  3. Plastics

  4. Glass

  5. Trash & Landfills

  6. Misc