America, the king of trash, produces more garbage than any other nation in the world. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, manufacture enough styrofoam cups in one year to circle the earth 436 times, and throw away enough office paper to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City. Five hundred seventy disposable diapers are thrown away each second in the United States. Every three months, we throw away enough aluminum cans to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. Every year, we fill enough garbage trucks to stretch from Earth halfway to the moon. Every day, the amount of trash produced in the United States equals the weight of the Empire State Building.
But there is hope. Recycling is the smart solution to saving room in landfills. For each ton of paper that is recycled, all of the following resources are saved: 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough power to run a TV for three hours! One ton of recycled glass saves the equivalent to nine gallons of oil.
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