Benefits of Recycling and Sustainable Waste Management
When you recycle your waste instead of throwing it in the garbage, you are helping your home community and the Earth. Can’t find enough reasons to recycle? Maybe we can help.
Skip the Landfill – Most people don’t want to create more landfills. By recycling, you send less material to the landfill which means it won’t fill up as fast. That same landfill will remain useful for years longer. This is important in urban centers where landfill space is scarce but just as important across the country.
Use Our Resources Wisely – Recycling prevents the depletion of earth’s resources. Paper made with no recycled content uses wood pulp by cutting trees. Recycled paper means fewer trees are cut down. Recycled aluminum means less need for aluminum mining. Materials such as glass bottles and steel cans can be recycled many times over. Simply put, recycling makes sense.
Use Less Energy - Many recycling processes use less energy than manufacturing the same thing from virgin materials, which require extraction and processing. The exact amount of energy saved depends on the type of material and the processes used. However, almost all recycling processes are more energy efficient than the processes used for brand new materials. For example, recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source bauxite. By recycling just 1 ton of aluminum cans, we conserve more than 207 million Btu, the equivalent of 36 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline [source: United States Environmental Protection Agency].
Create Green Jobs – Domestic employment in a growing industry is something to be proud of. Many studies have shown that the recycling industry generates jobs - almost six times as many jobs as landfill disposal!
Save Money – In many communities, diverting waste from the garbage bin saves money because you are paying for less disposal costs. Particularly for municipalities who are responsible for managing so much garbage, recycling can save millions of tax payers’ dollars.
You can see that recycling impacts you locally and impacts some of our major global challenges. If you’re looking for more ways to divert waste, take a look at our top reasons to try composting!