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Did You Know?

• Americans represent only 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage

• About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet the recycling rate is just 33%

• Americans throw away more than 3.5 pounds of trash per day (per individual)

• Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. They take 400 to 1000 years to degrade

• Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial airline fleet every three months

• Two-thirds of the energy from coal, gas and nuclear power generation in North America is wasted in the form of heat that’s vented up smoke stacks and cooling towers

• Fifty percent of North America’s 108 million corporate PCs and monitors are left on overnight and on weekends wasting up to $4 billion of electricity a year

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