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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

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Fun Recycling Facts

  • Every person in Sonoma County produces 5 pounds of garbage per day.
  • 70% of what people in Sonoma County throw away could be recycled.
  • The highest percentage of what is currently being landfilled in Sonoma County is food waste--21.44% or 80,244 tons.
  • If the paper that is currently being landfilled in Sonoma County was recycled into more paper, it would save enough energy to power a city the size of Windsor.
  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
  • Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  • Recycling 1 ton (2,000 lbs) of paper saves 17 trees.
  • On April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day introduced the concept of recycling to the general public.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the quivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • There is no limit to the number of times an aluminum can may be recycled.350,000 aluminum cans are recycled every minute!

flowersHere’s a selection of web sites with games related to the environment.


Kids Be
Game site for children with an environmental theme.

Earth 911- Making Every Day Earth Day
HEY KIDS! “Handy” will help you learn how to protect the planet. You'll find information, fun games, activities and great environmental links for every grade level. Learning about the environment is easy!

Recycle City
The Environmental Protection Agency site for kids has games, facts and other activities. Play the Recycle City game and turn Dumptown into a treasure.

KidsRecycle - An educational site for educators and kids promoting zero waste, composting and pollution prevention

The Imagination Factory has many art projects for children using recycled materials.


The Story of Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

The Story of Electronics
From the makers of The Story of Stuff, the eight-minute film explains "planned obsolescence" — products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible — and the hidden consequences to workers, the environment and us. The film was made in close partnership with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, a national network of over 30 environmental and health organizations working to promote green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry.

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403