The Rewards of Recycling

The Rewards of Recycling

Do you know that the U.S. produces 12% of the global solid municipal waste? And yet they make up only 4% of the worldwide population. But this should not come as a surprise. After all, each American produces 4.4 pounds of trash every day. Now, think about how much waste your organization generates every day, week, month, and year.

One way to deal with waste is to recycle it. Clear cycling bins can give everyone a much better idea of just how much waste they all generate. And that should motivate them to consider recycling.

   1. Reduces waste sent to landfills

When your waste is collected, some of it will find its way to your local landfills. So the less you recycle, the more stuff gets sent to landfills. But just because those landfills are out of everyone’s sight does not mean they should be out of their minds.

In landfills, your waste will be incinerated. And due to how much stuff there is, the dumps will create greenhouse gases that affect the environment. That means you are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer by merely refusing to get your organization onto the recycling train.

Another downside of sending stuff to landfills is that some of those things have not been used in full. Given a little love and care, they could have been reused. But because they were not recycled, they went to waste.

  2. Reduces consumption of natural resources

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There are so many things that come from natural resources. These include paper, wood, and metallic products. Every time your organization wastes these things, more natural resources must be consumed to replace them. More trees have to be cut to produce more paper and wood.

Additionally, metallic products require an increase in mining activities, which are often detrimental to the environment. Human beings that live near mining areas might also end up with health complications as a result of the toxins generated by mining operations.

So by recycling, you help to reduce the consumption of natural resources. That also ensures that future generations will get to enjoy those resources.

3. Improves the economy

Recycling waste products also plays a huge role in boosting your local economy. Research shows that if the U.S recycled at a rate of 75%, then by 2030, the industry could create 1.1 million jobs. Also, the reuse and recycling industry could create anywhere from 9 to 30 times as many jobs as the waste management industry.

What that means is that if you improve your recycling rate, you boost your local and national economy and create more jobs for those around you. And the better the economy, the higher the quality of life.

Overall, incorporating clear transparent bins enables people to become aware of how much waste they create. And once that happens, you can persuade them to take more drastic measures to recycle your organization’s waste. Also, it never hurts to emphasize how reusing or recycling things affect the environment and the economy.