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Information on Cost and Energy Used to Recycle Materials

I would be grateful if you could provide any information on the cost/energy used to recycle materials. For example: what would be the cost of recycling 1 ton of metal compared to 1 ton of paper etc. I'm currently researching on the internet and any info/links greatly appreciated.

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January 30, 20080 found this helpful

The cost would largely depend on where you are and what source of
energy is used to recyle. We live in an area of very cheap hydro power.
3cents per kwhr, coal or other might cost 12cents per kwhr.

Check with your local recyling plant, I know our guy there is full of this kind of information.

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By Etem Tezcan (Guest Post)
May 26, 20080 found this helpful

According to
http://journeyt  u_cardboard.html
# Percent of energy saved by using recyclable materials instead of virgin materials:

cardboard 24%
newsprint 34%
plastic 88%
glass 5%
aluminum 95%

which means recycling alimunum and plastic is very efficient

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