02 Dec '11, 5pm

Fact: Last year, recycling saved enough water to supply 18.7 million people with water for a year-->

Fact: Last year, recycling saved enough water to supply 18.7 million people with water for a year-->

Americans recycled 65 million tons of material last year, according to the EPA. Photo: Alexis Petru, Earth911 Americans recycled nearly 65 million tons of waste in 2010, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency, but how much did all that waste diversion benefit the planet? Using the EcoRewards Recycling Environmental Impact Calculator , Earth911 determined that this enormous amount of material recycled reduced greenhouse gases by the equivalent of permanently removing 9.7 million cars from the road. Our national recycling efforts also saved enough energy to power 3.6 million 10-household blocks for one year and enough water to supply 18.7 million people with water for a year. Anyone can use the calculator that AbitibiBowater , paper product manufacturer and recycler, offers on its EcoRewards website. Simply enter the amount of tons your househo...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/12/02/consumer-reports-calc...

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