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17 Benefits of Recycling What is Recycling? What is Recycling: 7 Benefits of Recycling
2110 Years of Recycling110 years after the first recycling plant was established, the U.S. has one of the highest recycling rates in the world, today.110 years after the first recycling plant was established, the United States today has one of the highest recycling rates in the world.
3U.S. Recycling Rate (1960 – 2008)US Recycling Rate ( ) chart, figures according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
455 Percentof the 250 million tons of solid waste we produce each year in the U.S. end up in our landfills!There is still so much room for growth - 55 percent of the 250 million tons of solid waste end up in our landfills.
5What is recycling? Reduce Reuse Recycle What is Recycling? Whenever we try and define recycling, we need to think of the three r's of modern waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle.
6Reduce means… Decreasing unnecessary and wasteful purchases Decreasing the volume of wasteDecreasing pollutants“Reduce" means: Decreasing unnecessary and wasteful purchases, decreasing the volume of waste, and decreasing pollutants.
7Reuse means… Taking care of our stuff Repurposing Donating Upcycling "Reuse" means taking care of our things so that they can last longer, repurposing used items, donating or giving away unwanted stuff, and upcycling waste materials.
8Buy Recycled Products made from recycled materials Make it truly recyclingClose the loopBuy Recycled: products made from recycled materials to complete the cycle or close the recycling loop.
9It’s not recycling……if no one buys or makes use of the end (recycled) product.It's not recycling if no one buys or makes use of the end (recycled) product.
10Recycling is a process. Collection and Segregation Processing and RemanufacturingPurchase and UseRecycling is a PROCESS, which includes: the Collection and Segregation of waste materials, the Processing and Remanufacturing of these materials, and the purchase and use of the recycled product.
11Recycling Benefits… You Society Environment Recycling benefits you, society, and the environment.
127 Benefits of Recycling Financial Benefit Conservation of Resources Energy savingsCommunity BuildingJobs creationStrong economyEnvironmental ProtectionThe 7 Benefits of Recycling are: Financial Benefit, Conservation of Resources, Energy savings, Community Building, Jobs creation, Strong economy, and Environmental Protection.
13Financial Benefits Make money selling recyclables Community Financial BenefitsTangible financial benefits include people gaining income from selling recyclables or unwanted items from home and the savings that cities and counties make when landfill costs are reduced due to recycling.
14Resources Conservation Throwing away a single aluminum can, versus recycling it, is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline.Last year, Americans recycled enough aluminum cans to conserve the energy equivalent to more than15 million barrels of oil.Resources Conservation: Throwing away a single aluminum can, versus recycling it, is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline. Last year, Americans recycled enough aluminum cans to conserve the energy equivalent to more than 15 million barrels of oil.
151 million tons of steel recycled saves… 1.3 million tons of iron ore718,000 tons of coal62,000 tons of limestone.For every 1 million tons of steel recycled saves 1.3 million tons of iron ore, 718,000 tons of coal, and 62,000 tons of limestone.
16Recycling Saves Energy It requires more energy to manufacture a brand new aluminum can than it does to recycle aluminum cans.Recycling Saves Energy: It requires more energy to manufacture a brand new aluminum can than it does to recycle 20 aluminum cans.
17Recycling Builds Community People work togetherCommunicateShare ideasSupport each otherRecycling Builds Community: People work together, Communicate, Share ideas, and Support each other when they're involved in a worthy common endeavor like recycling.
18Recycling Creates Jobs 10,000 tons of waste:Incinerated, creates 1 jobLandfilled, creates 6 jobsRecycled, creates 36 jobs!Recycling Creates Jobs: 10,000 tons of waste when incinerated, creates 1 job; when landfilled, creates 6 jobs; when recycled, creates 36 jobs!
19Recycling helps build a strong Economy Lower waste management costsCheaper production materialsEnergy SavingsJobs CreationRecycling helps build a strong Economy in terms of: Lower waste management costs, Cheaper production materials, Energy Savings, and Jobs Creation.
20Recycling helps protect the Environment Reduced contamination risk from landfillsReduced pollutionReduced environmental impact from mining or extracting fresh raw materials.Recycling helps protect the Environment: Reduced contamination risk from landfills, Reduced pollution, Reduced environmental impact from mining or extracting fresh raw materials are all direct results of recycling.
21Cleaner air… 82 million tons of waste recycled in 2006 is equivalent to taking 39 million cars off theroad for one full year!Clean Air: 82 million tons of waste recycled in 2006 is equivalent to taking 39 million cars off the road for one full year!
22Recycling is a choiceThe plastic bottle, paper scrap, or used cell phone won’t recycle itself…It’s up to YOU to make that choice to recycle.What is recycling?Recycling is a choice: The plastic bottle, paper scrap, or used cell phone wont recycle itself. Its up to YOU to make that choice to recycle.
23Recycling is a way of life Once you make the choice to recycle…And stick to that choice everyday…Recycling becomes second nature – a way of life.Recycling is a way of life: Once you make the choice to recycle, And stick to that choice everyday, Recycling becomes second nature - a way of life.