Fun Facts


The average Texan throws away about 5 pounds of trash each day.


In 2017, Americans recycled or composted about 1/3 of their waste


One ton of paper manufactured from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water.

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It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials. One recycled aluminum can will save enough energy to run a laptop computer for over five hours.


Small amounts of waste can have a big impact. The oil from one oil change can contaminate up to one million gallons of drinking water—a year's supply for 50 people.


Water is a finite resource — even though about 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water, less than 1% is available for human use.


With a new water-efficient showerhead, a seven-minute shower uses less water than a full bath.


A faucet leaking at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!

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Most glass food and beverage containers are 100% recyclable and can be reused over and over again. 


Plastic beverage bottles can be recycled into other usable items such as fleece, sleeping bags, and backpacks. Recycling just 10 plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours.

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