Cool Stats & Facts

Recycling does a lot of good in ways you might not expect. Find out what your recycling efforts add up to. Can you fill a football stadium? What do recycled items turn into? Do you know how much recycling it takes to power a city block? Check out these cool stats and facts.

By recycling the containers, we've saved enough energy to power more than 42,000 homes and take nearly 30,000 cars off of BC roads.
Recycling an aluminum can, manufacturing another one, filling it, packing and shipping it to stores, takes less than 60 days.
The layer of aluminum used in drink boxes is one-tenth the thickness of a human hair.
Juice boxes can be recycled into toilet paper. Seriously. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to keep the light on in your bedroom for four hours. Recycled PET bottles can make pots, buckets and other containers.
The 973 million containers Encorp pacific has recycled since 2012 would equal more than 16,000 elephants.

If we added up the 10 billion containers weighing over 700,000 metric tonnes Encorp has recycled in the past fifteen years, they could fill BC place from top to bottom – twice!

If we loaded the beverage containers we have collected over this period (15 years) into 53-foot trailers and then lined them up, the distance covered would be equivalent to 28 trips from BC Place to Whistler, BC.

Each tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees from being cut down. 50 percent of the material in aluminum cans has been recycled at least once.

 

Encorp has prevented over 94.3 thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being released into our atmosphere.

 

Aluminum cans:

icon These are crushed and then baled into a large block. Then transported in bales that weigh over 20 tons and contain over 1.2 million containers. These bales are sold as a commodity and the aluminum is melted down and reformed into more aluminum cans. This entire process only takes 60 days before the old container is recycled, refilled, and back on the store shelf.

PET (clear plastic):

icon Clear plastic beverage containers are baled, shredded and the plastic flakes are sold as a commodity. Most of the plastic that Encorp collects is used to make new bottles for things like motor oil or bleach.

Glass:

icon These containers are collected and the glass is crushed into pieces that can then be ground back into sand, which is what glass is made of. The sand is then sold for use as mix in sandblasting material or it's made into fibreglass used to insulate homes.

Aseptic or Tetra pac:

icon Drink boxes are made up of three material types: paper, an aluminum lining, and a plastic coating. Each container goes through a hydra-pulping process that separates the different material types. The resulting paper pulp is then used to make cardboard boxes of all shapes, sizes and colors, as well as toilet paper.

Bi-metal:

icon Beverage container metal tins and cans are baled and then melted down to be turned into scrap metal, which can then be used as construction re-bar.

Bag-in-a-box:

icon For bag-in-a-box containers, they just pull out the plastic bag and recycle the bag and the box separately. Manufacturing the pulp from bag-in-a-box containers is fairly coarse, so the new paper made from it is quite strong. That makes it suitable for tough objects like cardboard boxes.

Gable Top:

icon Gable top cartons are made only of paper and plastic. Each container goes through a hydra-pulping process that separates the different material types. The resulting paper pulp is then used for all kinds of industrial paper products.