Image description: Recycling and composting helps save natural resources.
- Recycling and composting 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) saved more than 1.1 quadrillion BTU of energy. That’s the same amount of energy consumer by over 10 million U.S. households in a year.
- Every ton of paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
- Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves over 153 million BTUs equivalent to 26 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.
This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.
Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.
Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.