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Recycling by the Numbers [Infographic]

By: Paul Mollin on March 7th, 2011

Here’s a great infographic from The New Ecologist that has some stats showing how much money can be saved if people start recycling and replacing original products with recycled ones. It also lists top 5 recycling countries and what different countries and regions are doing for going green.

According to the infographic, “20 million tons of electronic waste is thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.”

Beijing has built the world’s largest recycling facility and hopes to increase their recycling rate from 10% to 80%.

The UK recycles around 17.7% of its waste that is far less compared to Austria that recycles approximately 60% of its waste.


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