Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth Day facts

Here are a few Earth Day facts that I thought I would share and I hope you find interesting. Happy Earth Day!

  • The garbage in a landfill stays for about thirty years
  • In 1995 about 200 of the world's landfills were full
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage a day
  • Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
  • We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
  • 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet
  • The 500 million cars on the planet burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day
  • Each gallon of fuel release 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world ends up in the ocean
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years
  • Earth is 2/3 water but all the fresh water streams only represent on hundredth of one percent
  • 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the ocean every year
  • 84% of all household waste can be recycled
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water

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