Recycling Facts

Fact #1

Fact #1

As of 2015, approximately 6.3 Billion metric tons of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment (Oceans, Rivers, Parks, etc.).

Fact #2

Fact #2

Recycling 1 ton of plastic prevents up to 2 tons of carbon pollution.

Fact #3

Fact #3

Each year, globally, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the oceans. This is like dumping the content of one garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.

Fact #4

Fact #4

In 2010, Canada released about 8,000 tons of plastic waste into waterways. That’s as heavy as 75 Blue Whales.

Fact #5

Fact #5

More than 600 marine species are harmed by marine litter and at least 15% of those are endangered.

Fact #6

Fact #6

According to auto recycling statistics around 80 percent of a car can be recycled.

Fact #7

Fact #7

Worldwide, roughly 90% of new plastic products are made from fossil fuels.

Fact #8

Fact #8

Every year, around 27 million cars that reach the end of their useful life from around the world are recovered for recycling.

Fact #9

Fact #9

Across North America, automotive recycling provides around 40 percent of ferrous metal for the scrap processing industry.

Fact #10

Fact #9

Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the world today.

Fact #11

Fact #11

One ton of recycled plastic saves:

  • 5,774 kWh of electricity.
  • 685 gallons of oil.
  • 98 million Btu’s of energy.
  • 30 cubic yards of landfill space.

Fact #12

Fact #12

The current international automotive recycling industry is almost 80 years old.

Fact #13

Fact #13

Every year, the North American automotive recycling industry saves around 85 million barrels of oil from getting used in making new or replacement auto parts.

Fact #14

Fact #14

Every year, automobile recycling industry in USA and Canada provides sufficient steel to produce roughly 13 million new vehicles.