With single stream recycling now a part of your routine trash service, it’s never been simpler and more convenient. Paper goods, plastics #’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, &7 and aluminum and steel products can all be easily recycled in one cart.
Saves our natural resources!
By reusing our goods, we lessen our environmental impact on our natural resources. By recycling ‘1 ton of steel, you conserve 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.’i In fact, by purchasing goods made from recycled materials you can save on oil consumption. A car made from recycled aluminum is lighter than raw steel and therefore uses less gasoline to power and emits less pollution.
Saves landfill space!
By recycling the goods that you would traditionally toss, you are diverting waste away from landfills and preventing the need for landfill expansions. By recycling ‘1 ton of paper, you are saving 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space’.ii Products like glass that never wear out and can be recycled over and over again can ‘take over 1 million years to decompose in our landfills.’iii
Increasing recycling can help save your community the costs associated with landfills. The recycling rates for paper, plastics and aluminum are small, ‘only 9% for plastics’iv compared to the costs of sending recyclables to landfills.
Recycling of consumer goods and materials recovery recycling is responsible for a hike in job opportunities. Recycling creates more jobs than landfills do. ‘On a per-ton basis, sorting and processing recyclables alone sustain 10 times more jobs than landfilling or incineration’.v In fact, locally, the recycling and reuse industry employees nearly 16,000 people in the Saint Louis area.vi
The recycling and reusing of products is much less energy intensive than creating goods from virgin materials. In fact, ‘recycling aluminum saves 90-95% of the energy used to make aluminum from bauxite ore.’vii Items like plastics and glass save anywhere from 40-70% more energy.
Creates less pollution!
Recycling generates less air and water pollution than making products from raw materials. ‘Making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution’ to our environment.viii In addition, 86 % of non-compliant landfills are currently leaking toxic materials into lakes, streams and aquifers.ix
iSteel Recycling Institute, 2003 from http://www.ecocycle.org/tidbits/#whyrecycle (Eco-Facts 2004)
iiTrash to Cash from http://www.ecocycle.org/tidbits/#whyrecycle (Recycling and Environmental Facts)
iiiCalifornia Department of Conservation. http://www.ilsr.org/recycling/recyclingmeansbusiness.html (Eco-Facts 2004)
ivEnvironmental Protection Agency, 2000 http://www.ecocycle.org/tidbits/#whyrecycle (Eco-Facts 2004)
vWaste to Wealth. http://www.ilsr.org/recycling/recyclingmeansbusiness.html
viSTLOUISCO Recycling Newsletter
viiWindstar Institute. http://www.ilsr.org/recycling/recyclingmeansbusiness.html (Eco-Facts 2004)
ixEPA, 2003. http://www.ecocycle.org/tidbits/#whyrecycle (Eco-Facts 2004)