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How much of an impact do you make when you recycle? Enter how much material you recycle each year:

Mixed Paper

Commingled Materials

Scrap Metal

Electronics

By recycling the amount of materials above, you would help save the following each year:

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Mixed paper

DEFINITION: Recovered paper not sorted into categories including white paper, colored paper, corrugated cardboard, boxboard, newspapers and inserts, magazines, catalogs, telephone directories, unwanted mail and other clean, dry paper.

DID YOU KNOW? Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.

CONVERSION: Use these conversion factors to estimate the number of pounds of mixed paper recycled:

  • For single-family residents:
    The average weight of mixed paper in a full 64-gallon wheeled cart is 87 pounds.
  • For multi-family (apartments/condominiums) residents:
    The average weight of mixed paper in a full 7-gallon baby blue bin is 10 pounds.

Commingled Materials

DEFINITION: Recovered containers not sorted into categories including aluminum cans and foil products, bi-metal cans, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles and containers.

DID YOU KNOW? Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.

CONVERSION: Use these conversion factors to estimate the number of pounds of commingled materials recycled:

  • For single-family residents:
    The average weight of commingled materials in a full 22-gallon blue bin is 36 pounds.
  • For multi-family (apartments/condominiums) residents:
    The average weight of commingled materials in a full 7-gallon baby blue bin is 4 pounds.

Scrap Metal

DEFINITION: Acceptable items consisting of metal and/or predominantly metal materials. Items include washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.

DID YOU KNOW? Steel is America's most recycled material.

CONVERSION: To estimate the number of pounds of scrap metal recycled, use the following conversion factor:

  • Appliances (average): 143 pounds

See Volume-to-Weight Conversion Factors from the U.S. EPA

Electronics

DEFINITION: circuits or devices using transistors, microchips, and other components including laptops, printers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, camcorders, etc.

DID YOU KNOW? All of the E-waste recycled in the US every year amounts to more than 100 million pounds of materials, including plastics, metals, glass, and other materials.

CONVERSION: To estimate the number of pounds of electronics recycled, use the Volume-to-Weight Conversion Factors from the U.S. EPA for the average weights for specific types of electronic items.

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