Reasons to recycle
Good For Our Economy
American companies rely on recycling to provide the raw materials needed to make new products.
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.
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.
Good For The Environment
Requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.
Preserves Landfill Space
No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
Prevents Global Warming
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.
Reduces Water Pollution
Manufacturing from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than from virgin materials.
Reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
Creates New Demand
Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.
Source: The National Recycling Coalition