May 25, 2011 2:57 am
With a continued emphasis on going green, homeowners are stepping up their recycling efforts in order to keep harmful products out of landfills. If you are still unsure about the benefits that come with recycling, the experts at the National Recycling Coalition have compiled a list of the top 10 reasons that we should put a greater emphasis on recycling.
1. Good for our economy
American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.
2. Creates jobs
Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
3. Reduces waste
The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it's compacted and buried.
4. Good for the environment
Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
5. Saves energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. (Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy).
6. Preserves landfill space
No one wants to live next to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
7. Prevents global warming
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.
8. Reduces water pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
9. Protects wildlife
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
10. Creates new demand
Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.
For more information, visit www.nrc-recycle.org.