Trash Trivia

Trash & Environmental Trivia

  • Each one of us makes 4 pounds of garbage A DAY!
  • No matter where you live in York County, your combustible household garbage is delivered to the York County Resource Recovery Center. The Center is a waste-to-energy facility that uses your garbage as a fuel to heat a boiler to make steam. The steam is used to operate a turbine and a generator to produce electricity.
  • By using “waste-to-energy” instead of landfilling as our primary disposal method, we save 13 acres of landfill space 35 feet deep each year. What makes this possible? Garbage is reduced to ash by 90 %. For example: 100 trucks of garbage is reduced to only 10 trucks of ash.
  • The Resource Recovery Center produces 36 to 40 megawatts of continuous electricity (every minute of every day)–enough to provide electrical service to about 20,000 homes!
  • Every day York County residents generate more than 1.7 million pounds of garbage.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • 95% of the energy needed to manufacture new aluminum from raw ore is saved when aluminum is made from recycled cans.
  • If you must make a photocopy of a document that is more than 1 page in length, copy on BOTH SIDES to save paper. And by all means, be sure to use recycled paper!
  • Our nation throws away 2.2 billion disposable razors and 25 billion styrofoam containers each year. You can make a difference by choosing to use an electric razor (or one that requires that you change only the blades), and replace styrofoam cups with a ceramic or plastic washable cup or mug.
  • By recycling a stack of newspapers 45 inches high, you save in energy the equivalent of a 12 foot pine tree. So recycle your newspapers or give them to a farmer who shreds them for animal bedding.
  • It’s estimated that we spend about 9% of our grocery bill on packaging that is discarded when we could be buying products without disposable wrappers. For example, buy frozen juice concentrate instead of six packs of juice boxes.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in your portable stereo systems, flashlights and other appliances. Used household batteries can be disposed of in your regular household garbage. Some rechargeable batteries should still be recycled. Click here to learn how.
  • Save gasoline by keeping the tires on your car inflated to the proper pressure. To reduce emissions, change your oil approximately every 3,000 miles.
  • If you change your own motor oil, make sure you recycle it (there are many places to recycle your oil for free in York County. If you don’t change your own oil, make sure the place that services your car does recycle it!
  • Got a craving for chocolate? Purchase candy (and other foods) in bulk rather than by the individual bar or in those cute little “snack sizes” that are individually wrapped. It’s not only cheaper, but also better for the environment!
  • Your turn to wash the dishes? If you’re using an automatic dishwasher, make sure you do a full load. If you’re doing dishes the old fashioned way, wash first, then rinse all at one time so you conserve water.
  • Going out Saturday night? Check out the bath and body shops for personal hygiene products and cosmetics that are labeled “earth-friendly”. Use pump hair spray instead of aerosols that damage the ozone. Be considerate–your date may be sensitive or allergic to the many chemicals used in fragrances and other personal care products.
  • Giving a gift to someone special? Skip the wrapping paper and use the Sunday comics instead. Or use paper grocery bags and some markers and create your own “signature” paper. After all, anyone can buy wrapping paper. Show your creativity, make an impression and save the planet at the same time.