|Recycling makes a difference. It’s the responsible thing to do. Our finite reserves of natural resources are being depleted rapidly, particulary with the increasing use of disposable products and packaging.
Most people know that recycling plays and important role in managing the garbage generated in homes and business, and that it reduces the need for landfills and incinerators.
Recycling saves resources using recycled materials in manufacturing, reduces the need to destroy habitat and ecosystems in the extraction of raw materials. Fewer clear cuts, strip mines and oil drilling operations mean more of the earth’s ecosystems remains intact.
Recycled plastic uses 88% less energy.
Recycling is back and so are thousands upon thousands of recycled products made from materials that would otherwise be piling up in our nation's landfills. It doesn't just make sense. It makes a huge difference to our environment, our quality of life, and our country's future.
Recycling gets down to one person taking action. New products can be made from your recyclable waste material. Recycling is good for our environment.
With the involvement and enthusiasm of people like you, recycling is back! and so are thousands upon thousands of recycled products made from materials that would otherwise be piling up in our nation's landfills. It doesn't just make sense. It makes a huge difference to our environment, our quality of life, and our country's future.
Recycling is really just common sense, and until the "modern era," it was a common household activity. Before the 1920s, 70% of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25% of the waste stream. Because of concern for the environment, recycling is again on the upswing. The nation's composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7% of the waste stream in 1960 to 17% in 1990. It's currently up to around 30%.
The world has changed a lot in the past century. From individually packaged food servings to disposable diapers, more garbage is generated now than ever before. The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. This garbage, the solid waste stream, goes mostly to landfills, where it's compacted and buried. As the waste stream continues to grow, so will the pressures on our landfills, our resources, and our environment.
The more we recycle, the less garbage winds up in our landfills and incineration plants. By reusing aluminum, paper, glass, plastics, and other materials, we can save production and energy costs, and reduce the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin materials has on the environment.