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