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[greenyes] waste reduction Fun Facts listing

Hello Waste Reduction colleagues,

Did you know that:
- It takes 7 gallons of crude oil to produce one car tire
- 75% of a tree harvested for paper does not wind up as a paper
- Toothbrushes represent over 100 million pounds of plastic
waste each year
- 27% of the food produced for human consumption in the US is
thrown out as waste
- Total contruction waste from an average 2,000 sq. ft. home
adds up to about 8,000 lbs., taking up 50 cu. yds. of space
- Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job, landfilling
it creates 6 jobs, and recycling it creates 36 jobs

Well, if you didn't, and want to know more, come visit the Metro website
at to view the over 300 informative Fun
Facts listed there. Information is organized into 20 categories with
each entry cited and dated. Hopefully you will find lots of useful
facts that you could use in your efforts to improve our world by
reducing waste and increasing material recovery and reuse.

Another tool for the toolbox!

Amy Wilson
Metro SW&R
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 797-1521

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