Have you every wondered where your plastic bottles and glass jars go when you throw them away? They wind up in heaps of trash tossed into landfills and oceans - places where plastic and glass do not belong.
Recycling products like plastic, glass, aluminum and paper helps tremendously in our efforts to conserve the environment. Recycling not only saves landfill space, but saves natural resources and energy, reduces pollution, and creates jobs.
- Landfill Space - When recycled materials go into the production of new products, they don't end up in landfills. This helps save landfill space for trash and other items that can naturally break down over time.
- Natural Resources and Energy - By using recycled materials to create new products instead of virgin materials, precious resources like trees, land and oil are conserved. This is a significant advantage to recycling, since we save 17 trees for each ton of newspaper that is recycled. Making products from recycled materials also uses about 30% less energy than creating those products from scratch.
- Pollution - For the most part, creating products from recycled materials also creates less air and water pollution. Paper production in Canada and the US alone releases over 100 million kilograms of pollution into the air, water and land each year. Recycling will not eliminate pollution, but can help reduce the amount released.
- Economy - Aside from all of the environmental reasons to recycle, economic reasons also exist. The recycling process creates more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and is a more cost effective waste management practice.