Reasons to Recycle
Once the recyclable materials at our facility have been properly sorted and packaged they are sent to manufacturing facilities to be made into new products not only saving landfill space but using less natural resources such as energy and water to make them.
These products are not novelty items but manufactured goods that each of us use every day such as:
- toilet tissue and paper towels
- cardboard boxes
- aluminum cans
- automobile parts
- writing papers
- glass bottles
- plastic laundry detergent bottles
- steel cans
By buying new products made from recycled materials you help close the recycling loop. There are thousands of products that contain recycled content. When you go shopping, look for:
- Products that can be easily recycled
- Products that contain recycled content
Some terms to keep your eye on:
- Recycled-content product. This means the product was manufactured with recycled materials, either collected from a recycling program or from waste recovered during the normal manufacturing process. Sometimes the label will tell you how much of the content was from recycled materials.
- Postconsumer content. This is very similar to recycled content, but the material comes only from recyclables collected from consumers or businesses through a recycling program.
- Recyclable product. These are products that can be collected, processed and manufactured into new products after they have been used. These products do not necessarily contain recycled materials. Remember not all kinds of recyclables may be collected in your community so be sure to check with your local recycling program before you buy.
Benefits of Recycling
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
- Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.
Basic Recycling Facts:
- Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water
- Every ton of paper recycled can save up to 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy
- Every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone
- Recycling one ton of glass saves the equivalent of 10 gallons of oil
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours
- Recycling one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours
- For every pound of steel recycled enough energy is saved to light a 60-watt bulb for 24 hours