The benefits of recycling go far beyond the materials we keep out of the landfill. Overall, recycling can:
- Conserve resources for the future.
- Prevent emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants.
- Save energy.
- Supply valuable raw materials to industry.
- Create jobs.
- Stimulate the development of greener technologies.
- Reduce the need for new landfills and incinerators.
SOME BASIC RECYCLING FACTS:
- Every ton of paper recycled a year saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water.
- Every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
- Recycling one ton of glass saves the equivalent of 10 gallons of oil.
- According to the U.S. EPA, methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, and landfills account for 37% of methane gas output. By reducing and recycling properly organic materials, including paper, we can divert them from landfill, thereby reducing anaerobic decomposition and the production of methane gas.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
- The recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
- For every pound of steel recycled, it can save enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 24 hours.
- Every ton of paper recycled can save up to 4200 kilowatt hours of energy.
- A Diverse Industry...Recycling Means Business in California
- Economic Benefits...Recycling Adds Greater Economic Value than Throwing It All Away
- Job Creation...Recycling Creates More Jobs than Landfilling
- Urban Renewal...Recycling Creates Opportunities for Urban Renewal
- Economic Growth...Recycling Generates Business Growth in
- Business Efficiency...Waste Reduction and Recycling Increase Business Efficiency and Competitiveness
- Product Innovation...Recycling Encourages Product Innovation
- Saving Business Money...Waste Reduction and Recycling Mean Cost Savings for Business in California
- Saving Public Dollars...Waste Reduction and Recycling Are Cost Effective for Local Government
- The Environment...Waste Reduction and Recycling Protect California's Environment
For many businesses, recycling has proven to be cost effective--using less energy to obtain and process materials, and reducing pollution and waste management costs. Here are a few examples:
- Every year, the makers of shipping pallets consume half of all hardwood and 10% of all lumber used nationally. At Eastman Kodak, redesigned shipping pallets and altered stacking patterns saved over 7 million pounds of wood and $380,000 in a single year.
- At Hewlett-Packard's Roseville manufacturing facility, 93% of packaging waste generated is now re-used or recycled, saving the computer giant $1.45 million in disposal costs.
Recycling saves energy throughout the production cycle because recycled materials require less processing than raw "virgin" materials.