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Are you a champion for the planet or just a casual recycler? Test your recycling smarts with this quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Americans throw away enough trash to fill __ garbage trucks every day.
    • A. 

      5,500

    • B. 

      109,00

    • C. 

      63,000

  • 2. 
    Recycling rates in America have ______ since 1980.
    • A. 

      Slowly decreased

    • B. 

      More than tripled

    • C. 

      Stayed about the same

  • 3. 
    How much does waste disposal cost the United States annually?
    • A. 

      More than $100 billion

    • B. 

      Approximately $900 million

    • C. 

      Between $40 and $60 billion

  • 4. 
    What percentage of Americans recycles regularly?
    • A. 

      50%

    • B. 

      35%

    • C. 

      75%

  • 5. 
    Which of these three things gets recycled the least?
    • A. 

      Plastic

    • B. 

      Yard trimmings

    • C. 

      Glass

  • 6. 
    How much food goes to waste in the US each year?
    • A. 

      11 billion pounds

    • B. 

      133 billion pounds

    • C. 

      84 billion pounds

  • 7. 
    How many plastic water bottles did Americans use last year?
    • A. 

      1 billion

    • B. 

      50 billion

    • C. 

      25 billion

  • 8. 
    The energy equivalent saved by recycling one ton of paper is _______.
    • A. 

      165 gallons of gasoline

    • B. 

      320 gallons of gasoline

    • C. 

      80 gallons of gasoline

  • 9. 
    What kind of waste takes up the most landfill space?
    • A. 

      Food waste

    • B. 

      Textile waste

    • C. 

      Glass waste

  • 10. 
    How long does it take for aluminum to degrade in the landfill?
    • A. 

      200-500 years

    • B. 

      90-100 years

    • C. 

      10-25 years

  • 11. 
    Which country has the highest recycling rate in the world?
    • A. 

      United States

    • B. 

      Austria

    • C. 

      France

  • 12. 
    Americans make up 5% of the global population, but create __ of the world’s garbage.
    • A. 

      10%

    • B. 

      25%

    • C. 

      30%

  • 13. 
    Which item do Americans recycle 95% of?
    • A. 

      Batteries

    • B. 

      Newspapers

    • C. 

      Clothing

  • 14. 
    About how many pounds of clothing does the average American throw away every year?
    • A. 

      65-70

    • B. 

      20-25

    • C. 

      45-50

  • 15. 
    What percentage of textiles is recycled in the U.S.?
    • A. 

      45%

    • B. 

      3%

    • C. 

      15%

  • 16. 
    How many pounds of CO2 are saved for every pound of recycled textiles?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      4

  • 17. 
    How many trees are cut down each year to make paper?
    • A. 

      1,000,000

    • B. 

      4,000,000,000

    • C. 

      12,000,000,000

  • 18. 
    What are some items that can be made from recycled textiles?  
    • A. 

      Park benches, tires, swimming pools

    • B. 

      Dollar bills, home insulation, baseballs

    • C. 

      Livestock feed, industrial lubricants, newspaper

  • 19. 
    What happens to unwanted textiles that are donated to charities?
    • A. 

      They are given away

    • B. 

      They are sold on domestic and international markets

    • C. 

      Some is given away to help the homeless and poor but most of it is sold

  • 20. 
    What is single-stream recycling?
    • A. 

      An approach for collecting litter along river banks

    • B. 

      An engineering method for removing waste liquids from recycled materials

    • C. 

      When recyclable materials are collected together and separated out later