California remains the nation’s leader in total quantity of bottles and cans recycled, according to a recent report by CalRecycle. During 2011, Californians recycled more than 16.7 billion beverage containers.
Each year Californians consume nearly 263.3 million barrels of oil and emit 156.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases through residential use and passenger cars. The annual impact of recycling 16.7 billion beverage containers saved the equivalent of 5.3 million barrels of oil and reduced the equivalent of 471,000 metric tons of carbon in greenhouse gas emissions, which equates to eliminating the energy consumption of more than 277,000 households for one year.
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