We know it all too well. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. But, here are ten great reasons to recycle.
1. Recycling is good for the economy. Many American companies rely on recycling programs for raw materials to create new products.
2. Recycling creates jobs. Over 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
3. Recycling reduces waste. The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage a day. Most of that goes into landfills.
4. Recycling is good for the environment. Recycling requires a lot less energy, uses less natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
5. Recycling saves energy. Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. For example, manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.
6. Recycling preserves landfill space.
7. Recycling helps prevent global climate change. Recycling reduces the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
8. Recycling reduces water pollution. Far less water pollution occurs when goods are made from recycled materials than goods that are made from virgin materials.
9. Recycling protects wildlife. Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forest, wetlands, and other places essential to wildlife.
10. Recycling creates new demand. Recycling and buying recycled products creates demands for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.
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