How Many Are Recycled in a Year?

Have you ever wondered what quantity or what percentage of a recyclable item actually gets recycled?

We did! So we set out to find the answers and put them all in one place for everyone else wondering the same thing. We hope you find this page useful and if you know of any items we have missed please contact us here.

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Aluminum

In the year of 2014, 19.8% of aluminum put into use were recycled. The total weight was 700,000 tons.

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Aluminum Cans

In the year of 2014, 55.1% of aluminum cans put into use were recycled. The total weight was 700,000 tons.

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Appliances

In the year of 2014, 42.81% of appliances put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.83 million tons.

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Batteries

In the year of 2001, 0.55% of 507,259,000 batteries sold in California were recycled.

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Books

In the year of 2005, 24.50% of books put into use were recycled. The total weight was 270,000 tons.

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Car Batteries

In the year of 2014, 99% of car batteries put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.81 million tons.

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Cardboard Boxes

In the year of 2014, 89% of cardboard boxes put into use were recycled. The total weight was 27.3 million tons.

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Carpets

In the year of 2014, 5.6% of carpets and rugs put into use were recycled. The total weight was 210,000 tons.

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Cars

In 2016, 95% of end-of-life vehicles were recycled. Equivalent to approximately 12 to 15 million cars.

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Cell Phones

In the year of 2013, 65% of cell phones put into use were recycled. The total weight was 15,000 tons.

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Computers

In the year of 2010, 40% of computers put into use were recycled. The total weight was 168,000 tons.

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Directories

In the year of 2005, 18.2% of directories put into use were recycled. The total weight was 120,000 tons.

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Furniture

In the year of 2014, 0.10% of furniture and furnishings put into use were recycled. The total weight was 10,000 tons.

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Glass

In the year of 2014, 26% of glass put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.99 million tons.

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Glass Bottles

In the year of 2014, 32.5% of glass bottles put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.99 million tons.

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iPads and iPhones

In 2015, 68.18% of material from discarded iPads and iPhones were recycled. The total weight was 61,357,800 lbs..

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Laptops

In the year of 2013, 78% of laptops put into use were recycled. The total weight was 51,000 tons.

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Magazines

In the year of 2005, 37% of magazines put into use were recycled. The total weight was 960,000 tons.

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Newspapers

In the year of 2014, 68% of newspapers put into use were recycled. The total weight was 5.2 million tons.

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Paper

In the year of 2014, 64.7% of paper put into use were recycled. The total weight was 44.4 million tons.

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Plastic

In the year of 2014, 9.5% of plastic put into use were recycled. The total weight was 3.17 million tons.

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Plastic Bags

In the year of 2014, 12% of plastic bags put into use were recycled. The total weight was 500,000 tons.

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Plastic Bottles

In the year of 2014, 31.20% of plastic bottles put into use were recycled. The total weight was 910,000 tons.

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Shoes

In the year of 2014, 16% of shoes and clothing put into use were recycled. The total weight was 1.9 million tons.

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Steel

In the year of 2014, 33% of steel put into use were recycled. The total weight was 5.84 million tons.

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Steel Cans

In the year of 2014, 70.7% of steel cans put into use were recycled. The total weight was 1.18 million tons.

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Textiles

In the year of 2014, 16.20% of textiles put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.62 million tons.

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Tires

In the year of 2014, 40.5% of tires put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.25 million tons.

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Towels & Sheets

In 2014, 33% of towels, sheets, and pillowcases put into use were recycled. The total weight was 230,000 tons.

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Water Bottles

In the year of 2006, 23% of water bottles put into use were recycled. This is equivalent to 11.5 billion water bottles.

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Wooden Pallets

In the year of 2014, 26% of wooden pallets put into use were recycled. The total weight was 2.57 million tons.

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