- 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter
- The Anacostia River, which flows through the nation’s capital, is one of the nation’s most polluted rivers
- Every year, approximately 45,000 tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans
- Researchers estimate that 10 percent of all garbage ends up in the ocean, 10 million tons a year
- Batteries, electronics, and auto parts can leak chemicals
- Most littered item: cigarette butts
Most cigarette filters contain some sort of plastic. According to the 2011 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup, cigarette butts represented 32 percent of all debris counted. Cigarette butts, traveling mainly through stormwater systems, often end up in local streams, rivers, and waterways.
As the winning entry in an art contest sponsored by a Chicago-based recycled paperboard company to raise environmental awareness, it was designed by 23-year-old college student Gary Anderson in the late 1960s to 1970.
Created in either white with black outline or solid black.
Mobius loop with three arrows forms a triangle, representing “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” – the three principles of recycling process.
The first arrow represents the first stage of recycling: collection and sorting the recyclable materials to prepare for processing.
The second arrow represents the second stage of recycling: processing the recyclable materials into raw materials and using them for manufacturing new products.
The third arrow represents the final stage of recycling: the sale and purchase of products created using recycled materials.
A Mobius loop inside a circle indicates that a product contains recycled materials or makes use of recycled materials in the manufacturing process.
The symbol is either black on white or white on black. The percentage within the symbol indicates the percentage of the product made from recycled materials. The white-on-black version often is used for 100 percent recycled materials, while the black-on-white version often is used for products containing both recycled and non-recycled materials.