- Recycling is an economical solid waste management option.
- It can reduce your waste stream at least 25%.
- It's cheaper than landfilling or incinerating your trash.
- It conserves natural resources by slowing down consumption of these resources.
- It preserves valuable materials for future generations.
Using recyclables instead of virgin materials saves energy: Aluminum 95%, Steel 74%, Paper 64%.
- It creates jobs. Keeping U.S. manufacturing industries alive and competitive in the global economy. Go USA!
There is a business sense in recycling. For hundreds of years, scrap dealers have collected and processed discarded materials; creating an important business - salvaged raw materials from the refuse of cities.
Immigrant peddlers began the business in the early 19th century by collecting old rags, scrap iron, brass fittings, and rusted farm machines. This entrepreneurialism expanded when recycling became an industrial opportunity. Recycling was invaluable during World War II, supplying critical raw materials that helped the U.S. and allies to victory. Today, recyclables are integrated so much into our global economy that the recycling industry is affected by market downturns as are virgin material resources.