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 seven and a half 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 pilling up in landfills.
5. Saves Energy – Recycling offers a 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 door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
7. Prevents Global Warming – In 2,000, 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.
Do you recycle your Hershey Kisses wrappers? You know the shiny ones? The Hershey Chocolate Company manufactures 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses EVERY DAY and they use 133 square miles of aluminum to wrap the chocolates. All 133 square miles of that aluminum wrap can be recycled! I don’t know about you, but it has never occurred to me that I could, or should, be recycling that little shiny wrapper. But, with the United States being one of the world’s largest producers of trash, I think it is time that we all start thinking about the little things we can do to protect our environment and resources.
At GiftTree we have always encouraged recycling in the workplace. There are multiple locations in the office to recycle paper and there is a huge container next to our pop machine for plastic bottles and aluminum cans. But, GiftTree just got greener! We have now expanded our recycling program to include specially marked containers where we will be able to recycle our glass products.
What are you doing in your workplace and at home to recycle and reduce your carbon footprint? Recently, a Dallas, Oregon couple attempted to go trash-free for an entire year. At the end of the year they had only produced four pounds of trash for two people. While your recycling measures may not be that extreme, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and let us know what recycling efforts you are making and any recycling tips you have for our readers.
List Courtesy of: www.nrc-recycle.org