Well-run recycling initiatives are less expensive to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
Alberta kept over 2 billion beverage containers out of landfills in 2013, according to Environment Canada.
It takes 400 years for plastic to break down in a landfill.
Winter jackets, fleece jackets, carpets, and sleeping bags are made from recycled PET plastic bottles.
Glass takes 1 million years to break down in a landfill.
Recycling aluminum is so efficient it takes as little as 60 days for a container to be collected, melted, made into a new can and wind up back on a store shelf.
From end-to-end, the amount of containers recycled in Alberta in a year could circle the earth 8 times.
Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7 cubic yards of landfill space.
One beer bottle is refilled an average of 15 times.
Recycling an aluminum can save enough energy to run your TV for 3 hours or light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours.