I had the pleasure of taking a walk through my neighborhood yesterday. It was trash pickup day. I noticed many items in trash cans such as books, cardboard, clothes, games, wood, etc., that could have been recycled or donated. It made me ponder whether people know the importance of recycling, so according to RecyclingRevolution.com, here are just a few reasons why we should recycle:
- The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets!
- Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
- Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are twenty six jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
- Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.
- Every ton of paper that is recycled saves seventeen trees.
- The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
- Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000.
- Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.
- In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.
- Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
- Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal and limestone.
- Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.
Freecycle, a nonprofit movement of people interested in reducing the trash in landfills, is another fantastic way to recycle your goods! You can give away your goods from the comfort of your own home. Please visit Freecycle.org for more information and to get started!