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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Wed Apr 09 1997 - 06:03:00 EDT


Date: Wed, 9 Apr 97 11:03 WET DST
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Recycling equivalents (Patricia dal Cin)

April 9, 1997

Dear Patrizia dal Cin,

We call what you re looking for factoids . I think that I ve answered them here before. You might look for them here ( Search GRN ) under e.g. factoids).

Here are a few that I remember:

- 1 ton of paper recycled is the equivalent of 17 trees not used to make paper.
- 2.5 billion household batteries were used and discarded in the US in 1 year, contributing to background levels of mercury
  Only in 1996 did battery recycling begin to be addressed on a large scale.
- Approximately 50% of our nation s paper, 8% of our steel, 75% of our glass, 40% of our aluminum, 30% of our plastics are used soleyly for packaging
- In the US, we throw out enough aluminum cans every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
- Each American discarded 4.4 lbs/day in 1994, approximately 1 lb/day of which was recycled or composted.

Factoids, by the way, are completely out of context, and not terribly meaningful.

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