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Why Recycling Is Important

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Recycling Saves Energy

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Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Recycling Reduces Air and Water Pollution 

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Recycling Saves Natural Resources 

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Recycling Saves Space in Landfills

For many of us. recycling has become a part of our daily, or at least weekly, lives.  We know that recycling helps conserve natural resources, and most Alabamian's know that recycling conserves space in our landfills. But did you know that recycling also conserves energy and water and helps to reduce air and water pollution?

For example, production of recycled paper uses 80% less water and 65% less energy, and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production.  If every American recycled his or her newspaper just one day a week, we would save about 36 million trees a year. For every four-foot stack of paper you recycle, you save a tree.

Recycling Saves Energy

Conserving energy is fast becoming a necessity in our daily lives with increased demand and unpredictable energy markets.  Energy savings through recycling are an important environmental benefit.  It almost always takes less energy to make a new product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials. 

Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume.

Ton for ton, recycling reduces more pollution, saves more energy and reduces GHG emissions more than any other solid waste management option. Amercicans currently throw away millions of tons of recyclable materials every year. On Average over 60 percent of the "garbage" in landfills can be composted or recycled.

Recycling Reduces Air and Water Pollution

Recycling reduces air and water pollution because the recycling process reduces the amount of air pollution produced by power plants and the amount of water pollution produced by chemicals used in the manufacturing process. 

Recycling 14 trees worth of paper reduces air pollutants by 165,142 tons.

 

Recycling Saves Natural Resources

  • By using materials more than once, we conserve natural resources ensuring our children's futures. 

  • In California for example, recycling saves 14 million trees each year and helps to reduce air pollutants by 165,142 tons.

  • Recycling paper saves trees and water.

  • Making a ton of paper from recycled stock saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water (thatís 7000 gallons).

  • Four pounds of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled.

Recycling Saves Space in Landfills

Recycling saves space in our existing landfills. As landfills fill up we have to find new space for additional landfills.  Recycling reduces the amount of solid waste going into landfills, making each landfill last longer.

 

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