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Jefferson Middle School

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Springfield, IL 62703

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2013

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970. In that inaugural year, 20 million people participated in the United States. Today, it is projected that more than 1 billion people in 180 countries will celebrate Earth Day.

Here are some facts:
• By simply recycling one aluminum can, you are saving enough energy to watch a TV for three hours. Recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
• We use more than 80 billion aluminum soda cans every year. It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones.
• Recycling every newspaper would save about 250 million trees each year. Unfortunately, only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.
• The average individual throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day and uses about 12,000 gallons of water every year.
• It takes plastic and aluminum cans 500 years to break down, and organic materials, cotton, rags, and paper only 6 months to break down.

Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year!