# Let's Find Out How Green Are You?

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

• 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 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

• 19.
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

• 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

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