Earth Day Fun Facts

April 22, 2013


Earth Day Awareness Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Please Recycle

Some Fun and Interesting facts that will have you thinking twice before going to the garbage can.

Earth Day was first conceived by Sen. Gaylord Nelson in the early 1960s. Nelson worried that environmental issues were not being addressed in the political arena. In his conservation efforts, Nelson organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration in the spring of 1970, to further promote conservation involvement and awareness. Support for and interest in the activity was immense and the 1970 demonstration became the first official Earth Day. The first Earth Day helped inspire the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Each year, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day, which is now observed around the world. (

Things to think about:

.    The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.

.    In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.

.    Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

.    We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.

.    Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.

.    Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make alum cans from new material.

.    Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.

.    Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.

.    In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and back!).

.    In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.

.    If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.

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Dr. Jeffrey D. Gold of Liberty Vision in Hamden CT is an avid recycling buff who recycles everything possible at home and at the office. He is an award winning surgeon who specializes in Epi-LASIK laser vision correction.