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Fwd [GreenYes] Energy Savings from Recycling
Some energy savings info from the CA Integrated Waste Management Board.
Hope this helps!

Gary Liss
 From CIWMB:
How can recycling conserve energy?

               If you look at the big picture of what it takes to create 
a product from scratch - to get the raw materials, transport them, process 
them and manufacture them - making goods with recycled materials like 
paper, plastic, glass and metal is a major energy saver.

               A Seattle economist, Jeffery Morris, has really looked at 
this.  He estimates that manufacturing one (1) ton of office and computer 
paper with recycled paper stock can save nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours over 
the same ton of paper made with virgin wood products.

               A ton of PET plastic containers made with recycled plastic 
conserves about 7,200 kilowatt hours.

               A ton of soda cans made with recycled aluminum saves an 
amazing 21,000 kilowatt hours by reducing the virgin bauxite
(bo-zite) ore that would have to be mined, shipped and
refined.  That's a 95 percent energy savings.

               One recycled aluminum can saves enough electricity to run 
a computer for three hours.

               The San Diego County Office of Education has figured out 
that recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a
100-watt light bulb for four (4) hours.

               The Steel Recycling Institute has some impressive figures, 
too. Steel is the number-one recycled material in the U.S. and each year, 
steel recycling saves enough energy to electrically power the equivalent of 
18 million homes for a year.  Sure makes you appreciate that can of 
peaches, doesn't it?

Recycling Saves Energy, Too
For every soft drink bottle you recycle, you save enough energy to run a 
television set for an hour and a half.
Recycling aluminum requires only a tenth as much electricity as making the 
same aluminum from virgin bauxite ore.
Making recycled paper uses 30-55% less energy than making paper out of new 

Recycling saves energy, thus reducing acid rain, global warming and air 
Recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than producing aluminum 
products from raw materials. Recycling paper uses 60 percent less energy 
than manufacturing paper from virgin fiber. Recycling a glass jar saves 
enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.

>The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to 
>take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple 
>ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy costs, see our Web site at 
>-----Original Message-----
> > >From: "Joe Truini" <>
> > >To: <>
> > >
> > >I received a question from a reader as follows:
> > >
> > >Do you have available "summary level" recycling information pertaining to
> > >the energy saved by recycling? For example, how long could we run a 100w
> > >bulb by recycling one aluminum can? The answer might vary significantly
> > >depending upon some of the variables such as transportation, but
> > >reasonable assumptions could be made or different values presented
> > >depending on the local variables. Similarly for plastics and paper and...
> > >The main objective I have is to present this info simply so that ordinary
> > >people can relate to the savings. Hopefully people who are marginally
> > >interested in recycling (like my wife) might become motivated to recycle.
> > >
> > >This is the question I received and I'm sure I've seen similar 
> information
> > >posted here. You can post any information on the Listserv or respond to
> > >this person directly a His name is Sandor Silverman.
> > >
> > >Thanks a lot for any help.
> > >
> > >Regards,
> > >
> > >Joe Truini
> > >Waste News.
> > >
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Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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