Calhoun County, Alabama

Waste/Recycle Facts

Residential Municipal Solid Waste Nationwide

Chart of Nationwide Waste








Recycling Facts


  • With the aluminum we throw away in 3 months, the U.S. could rebuild its entire commercial air fleet.
  • America throws away over 200 million tires every year.
  • America throws away 31.6 million tons of yard waste each year (this could be composted).
  • 10 million gallons of oil were spilled in America's worst oil disaster - yet 570 million gallons of oil are improperly disposed of each year.
  • Recycling a 3-foot stack of newspapers saves one tree.
  • An average person throws away 5 pounds of trash per day.
  • The average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime.
  • Over 2 million tons of used electronics, including computers and televisions, are discarded each year.
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