Why Should I Recycle?

  • Recycling Saves Landfill Space. Americans are producing more waste with each passing year, most of which is hauled off and buried in landfills.
  • Recycling Can Reduce the Cost of Waste Disposal. Getting rid of trash doesn’t come without a price tag. Garbage trucks must pay to dump their waste at a landfill. Recycling reduces landfill costs because less waste is landfilled.
  • Recycling Can Save Energy. It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials. In fact, recycling aluminum is 95% more energy efficient than producing aluminum from raw materials.
  • Recycling Saves Natural Resources. Natural resources include land, plants, minerals, and water. By using materials more than once, we preserve the environment.
  • Recycling Can Reduce Air and Water Pollution. When waste material ends up as litter, it contributes to wildlife poisoning, entanglement and death, not to mention unsightly vistas of trash-strewn roads, waterways and parks. Plastic waste is particularly problematic. According to a 2014 study, the world’s oceans are filled with at least 260,000 tons of floating plastic particles. 
  • Recycling Creates Jobs. Recycling is estimated to create almost five times as many jobs as waste disposal. The National Recycling Coalition reports that recycling supports 1.1 million jobs in the U.S.

Learn more recycling basics from the Environmental Protection Agency.