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Green Living by the Numbers

  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for 2 hours.
  • Recycling a stack of newspapers 10 feet tall saves a tree.
  • The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle could operate a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
  • A single quart of motor oil that is not properly recycled, can seep into groundwater and pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.
  • Americans threw away more than 100 million cell phones in 2006. Recycling them could have saved enough energy to power approximately 194,000 U.S. households for one year.
  • American households use 80 million pounds of pesticides each year, according to the EPA. Instead, try organic and physical pest control methods, such as using diatomaceous earth to kill insects, pouring boiling water on weeds or using beer to bait slugs.
  • Recycled food scraps, juices, lawn trimmings, paper, wood, shredded cardboard, coffee grounds and other materials can make excellent compost for gardening. Spreading just 2 to 4 inches of compost can help soil retain moisture and provide plants with nutrients.
  • Native plants require less water and care than invasive species, as well as help maintain the natural ecosystem of the area they grow in. Check to see which of the United States’ approximately 17,000 native plant species can be found locally for you to plant.