A few weeks ago we told you what you can recycle, now we’d like to share why you should recycle. From reducing pollution to creating jobs, recycling is helping our community one piece of paper at a time!
1. Good for our economy – American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.
2. Creates jobs – Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
3. Reduces waste – The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.
4. Good for the environment – Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
6. Preserves landfill space – No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
7. Prevents global warming – In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent into the air.
8. Reduces water pollution – Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
9. Protects wildlife – Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
10. Creates new demand – Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.