Recycling generates 7-10 more jobs than landfills and waste to energy plants.
Recycling properly creates valuable resources for U.S. manufacturing and can become a highly valuable export to countries such as China and India.
For the environment:
Recycling conserves finite natural resources - this is critical as the population continues to grow exponentially.
Recycling conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials.
Recycling prevents waste from going into oceans - it is proven, when there is a strong recycling culture, there is less litter and less waste going into ocean
Protects forests which help to reduce CO2 emissions
Significantly reduces use of fossil fuel energy and reduces CO2 emissions
Additional facts to know:
According to a recent Yale University/EPA study, the U.S. recycles less than 22% of its discarded materials.
The U.S. recycling levels have not improved in 20 years despite the billions of dollars spent on recycling competitions, symposiums, awareness campaigns and new sorting technologies.
Despite only representing 5% of the world population, the U.S. generates more waste than any other country in the world. (World Watch Institute)
In less than 15 years, worldwide waste is expected to double. (World Watch Institute)
One fact remains - if the public is confused when they approach the recycling bin, they will continue to: make mistakes, be apathetic and be skeptical about recycling - and therefore, contamination levels will continue to be high, recycling will continue to be economically crippled, recycling levels will not increase and environmental progress will be stalled. Read industry leader testimonials here.
Good news: With the help of standardized labels displayed on recycling bins throughout society, recycling can begin to thrive and when the US recycling levels reach 75%, it will be the *environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year and it will generate 1.5 million new jobs (net).