At Airdrie Bottle & Recycling Depot, recycling isn’t just our job—it’s our passion! Feel free to browse this page to learn some fun facts about recycling, as reported by the Alberta Bottle Depot Association.
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.
Glass takes 1 million years to break down in a landfill.
Winter jackets, fleece jackets, carpets, and sleeping bags are made from recycled PET plastic bottles.
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.