|Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production.
Recycling is a key component of modern waste management and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.
By recycling 1 plastic bottle it not only saves anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill but also saves the environment from the emissions in producing new bottles as well as the oil used to produce that bottle.
For every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of 2 peoples energy use for 1 year, the amount of water used by 1 person in 2 months time and almost 2000 pounds of oil.
Taking just a moment to put your newspaper, soda can and glass spaghetti jar in the recycling bin will save everyone years in environmental harm from production of new materials, over crowded landfills and the depletion of our natural resources.
When we do not recycle at least our glass or aluminum we cost the earth in power usage, water and oil usage and landfill usage; glass takes up to 4000 years to decompose in a landfill yet can be recycled indefinitely.
Do you know how much waste you make? You and every other person contributes around one ton of waste each year - a mixture of household garbage and industrial waste created by things we buy or use. Waste disposal is a major issue for the government and the community. If we minimize waste by avoiding and reducing waste, and re-using and recycling, we can cut waste by up to 50%. Thank you for doing your part.