Recycling Facts

    Every year, the U.S. recycles enough copper to make 30,645 Statues of Liberty.

    If all of the U.S.’s aluminum scrap were used to make soda cans, they would stretch 29,847,965 miles when lined up. That’s most of the distance between the Earth and Mars!

    Using aluminum scrap versus virgin aluminum ore saves energy! Even up to 95% energy savings.

    Talk about return on investment. Recycling 10 pounds of aluminum cans can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16 pounds!

    Want to make a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions? Recycling your car can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8,811 pounds and can save the energy equivalent of 502 gallons of gasoline.

    Recycling 1 ton of steel can conserve 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.

    An estimated 85% to 90% of all automotive aluminum is recovered and recycled.

    Approximately 60% of the aluminum in North American cars is recycled content.

    Of an estimated total 700 million tons of aluminum produced in the world since commercial manufacturing began, about three-fourths is still in productive use.

    Lead-acid batteries, a primary use for lead, have a 97% recycling rate.

    Scrap accounts for 40% of the world’s raw material needs.

    2 out of 3 pounds of steel made in the United States is manufactured using scrap.

    60% of the metals and alloys produced in the United States are made from non-ferrous scrap.

Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.: You can learn more at!