Reasons to Recycle

10 Reasons to Recycle

Good For the Economy
American companies rely on recycling programs to provide raw materials they need to make new products.
Creates Jobs
Recycling in the United States is a 236 billion dollars per year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.
Reduces Waste
The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage everyday. Unfortunately, most of the material goes into landfills.
Good For the Environment
Recycling conserves energy, preserves natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
Saves Energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials.
Preserves Landfill Space
The Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh is about half full. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
Minimizes Climate Change
Recycling prevents the release of millions of metric tons of carbon equivalent into the air.
Reduces Water Pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
Protects Wildlife
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers, and other natural habitats.
Creates New Products
"Closing the loop" by recycling and buying recycled products reduces the amount of waste going into landfill and helps sustain recycling programs.