1. Good for our Economy

    American companies rely on recycling to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.
  2. Creates Jobs

    Recycling is a $236 billion a year industry. Recycling centers employ more than 1.1 million workers nationwide.
  3. Reduces Waste

    The average American throws away 7 1/2 pounds of garbage daily, most of which ends up in a landfill. There it is crushed and buried.
  4. Good for the Environment

    Recycling uses a lot less energy, uses less natural resources and keeps garbage from piling up in landfills.
  5. Saves Energy

    For example, Manufacturing with 1 ton of recycled paper saves:
    • 17 trees
    • 7,000 gallons of water
    • 380 gallons of oil
    • 3 cubic yds of landfill space
    • 4,000 kilowatts of energy lot less energy.
  6. Uses less Landfill Space

    No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
  7. Prevents Global Warming

    In 2000, recycling solid waste stopped 32.9 million metric tons of carbon from going into the air.
  8. Reduces Water Pollution

    Making goods from recycled materials makes far less water pollution that manufacturing from new materials.
  9. Protects Wildlife

    Recycling saves forests, wetlands, rivers and other wildlife habitats.
  10. Creates New Demand

    Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, while lowering waste and helping our economy.