Market Value Prices

  • Aluminum Cans .35 cents a lb; it takes 32 cans to make one lb.
  • Cardboard .015 cents a lb; one ton of cardboard is worth $40
  • Glass .00 cents a lb; still need to be kept out of the landfill.
  • Paper .01 cents a lb one ton of paper is worth $20.
  • Plastic .04 cents a lb; it takes 43 water bottles to make one lb. 
  • Steel Cans .025 cents a lb; it takes 11 cans to make one lb.
  • Used Cooking Oil is .10 cents a gallon.

This is why recycling is so important! 

One ton of recycled cardboard saves:


  • 390 kwh of electricity
  • 46 gallons of oil
  • 6.6 million BTU of energy

Cardboard and paper waste make up 41% of the municipal solid waste stream.

Recycled cardboard takes 24% less energy and produces 50% less sulfur dioxide than making cardboard from raw materials.

One ton of recycled paper saves:


  • 4,100 kwh of electricity
  • 380 gallons of oil
  • 54 million BTU of energy
  • 4.6 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 17 trees

Recycling paper takes 60% less energy than making paper from raw materials. It also creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.

Americans throws away 4.5 million tons of office paper each year.That's enough to build a wall of paper 12 feet high from New York to Los Angeles.

One ton of recycled steel Saves:

  • 642 kwh of electricity
  • 76 gallons of oil
  • 10.9 million BTU of energy
  • 4 cubic yards of landfill
  • 2,500 pound or iron ore

Steel takes up to 100 years to fully degrade in a landfill. Recycled steel takes 25% less energy, 25% of less water and creates 25% less air pollutions required making steel from raw materials.

The USA throw away enough iron and steel to continuously supply all of the nation's automakers.

One ton of recycled aluminum saves:

  • 14,000 kwh of electricity
  • 1,663 gallons of oil
  • 237.6 million BTU of energy
  • 10 cubic yards of landfill space

Aluminum takes take 200-500 years to fully degrade in a landfill. Recycled aluminum takes 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

One ton of Plastic saves:


  • 5,774 kwh of energy
  • 685 gallons of oil
  • 98 million BTU of  energy
  • 30 cubic yards of landfill space

Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Recycled plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.

Only about 25% of plastic produced in the USA is recycled.

One ton of glass saves:

  • 42 kwh of electricity
  • 5 gallons of oil
  • 714.3 BTU of energy
  • 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 1,330 pound of sand
  • 433 pound of soda ash
  • 433 pound of limestone
  • 151 pound of feldspar

Glass takes 1,000,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill. Recycled glass take 30% less energy than making glass from raw materials.

The United States throws away enough glass every week to fill a 1,350 square foot building.

Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to run a 100 watts light bulb for four hours.