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Did You Know?

Did you know?

About 50% of the aluminum in beverage cans comes from used cans that were recycled and melted to make new cans.

Nearly 25% of the glass in bottles and jars has been used before, recycled, and remanufactured.

So-called “tin” cans are actually made of steel, usually with a thing coating of tin.  About 25% of the content is recycled steel, half of that being post-consumer.

Gray or brown cardboard egg cartons, fruit trays, and flowerpots are made from recycled paper that is re-pulped and reshaped.


Have you ever wondered how long it takes things to “biodegrade” – that is, rot?

-Traffic ticket – 2 to 4 weeks

-Cotton rag – 1 to 5 months

-Rope – 3 to 14 months

-Wool sock – 1 year

-Bamboo pole – 1 to 3 years

-Painted wood stake – 12 years

-Tin can – 100 years

-Plastic 6 pack ring – 450 years

-Glass bottle – undetermined

All of the above items can be recycled or reused.