Fun Facts

It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.

Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to NY (a new wall every year).

Need to get rid of excess leaves? Compost them! Since most trees are deep-rooted, they absorb minerals from deep in the soil and a good portion of these minerals go into the leaves. To help with the breakdown of leaves, add extra nitrogen to your leaf compost. Manure is the best nitrogen supplement, and a mixture of five parts leaves to one part manure will certainly break down quickly.

Recycling one ton of cardboard:
•Saves 390 kWh of energy
•Saves 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil
•Saves 6.6 million Btu’s of energy

Fruit flies are more common during warm weather. In the kitchen you can capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap
with several small holes in it.

Interesting Fact: 38,000 miles of ribbon are thrown away each year, enough to tie a bow around the Earth.

Ever wondered what the number on the bottom of your plastic bottle meant? Well, the number is a resin identification code associated with the type of plastic used in the container. There are 7 numbers. At Alex Rubbish & Recycling we accept Plastics #1 through #6.

When cleaning the felt pads of your floor polisher, place the pads between layers of newspaper and press with an iron to absorb built up wax.

Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.

350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!

Garbology is the study of modern refuse and trash. As an academic discipline it was pioneered at the University of Arizona and long directed by William Rathje. The project started in 1973, originating from an idea of two students for a class project.

In an area where a large amount of oil has spilled, lay several thicknesses of newspaper. Saturate the paper with water; press flat against the floor. When dry, remove the newspaper and the spots will have disappeared.

Every Sunday, more than 500,000 trees are used to produce the 88% of newspapers that are never recycled.

Annually, America produces enough plastic film to shrink wrap Texas. That’s nearly 268,820 square miles of plastic.

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.

During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.