Reasons to recycle

February 1, 2022

We all have a few family members or friends who still resist recycling. Need a quick list of reasons to help persuade them to get started?

• Recycling creates jobs, leading to a healthy economy. A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report determined that recycling and reusing are responsible for at least 757,000 American jobs, $36 billion in wages, and $5.5 billion in tax revenues each year.

• Recycling keeps valuable commodities out of landfills, extending the life of landfills and ensuring disposal capacity will be available for our communities.

• Recycling organics, such as yard and food waste, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

• Recycling reduces the need for newly mined or harvested raw materials, which may reduce costs.

• Recycling conserves energy and reduces pollution.

Surely something in this list will encourage your “resistor” to start recycling!

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