10/22/2012 12:33 pm ET

Recycling Facts: How Reducing And Reusing Saves Money

From Earth911's Mary Mazzoni:

We all know recycling is a good idea. But tossing that plastic bottle into the blue bin seems so simple, it's easy to lose perspective about how much of a difference it can make. To prove how much impact recycling can truly have on our planet, Earth911 broke down 10 common materials and showed you how much energy, water and other natural resources can be saved by recycling them.

List and captions courtesy of Earth911

What We Save By Recycling