Recycling has numerous environmental benefits. It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials, which means less greenhouse gases are produced as part of the product's life cycle. It saves natural resources that would otherwise be mined to make a new product, and reduces the amount of garbage that is hauled off to landfills – another big source of greenhouse gas emissions. One thing recycling increases is jobs – an estimated five times as much as waste disposal. Recycling requires businesses that collect, haul, and process recyclables, as well as businesses that manufacture products from recycled materials. The National Recycling Coalition reports that recycling supports 1.1 million jobs in the U.S. Sorting your trash is definitely worth the effort!