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Recycling Facts

Did you know that, according to Weyerhaeuser's Environmental Savings, the effect of recycling a ton of paper saves:

  • 17 trees
  • 6950 gallons of water
  • 460 gallons of oil
  • 586 pounds of air pollution
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4,077 kwh of energy

Did you know the various decomposition rates for trash?

  • Paper 2½ months
  • Orange peel 6 months
  • Milk carton 5 years
  • Cigarette butt 10 - 12 years
  • Plastic bag 10 - 20 years
  • Disposable diaper 75 years
  • Tin can 100 years
  • Beer can 200 - 500 years
  • Styrofoam never

Did you know that Americans generate 5 million extra tons of trash each year between Thanksgiving and New Years Day?

Did you know that Elon provides opportunities for the entire campus community to recycle? Click here to find out what's recyclable.