Published: Dec. 10, 2020 By
  • After already trying to reduce and reuse items as much as possible, recycling is a good option to divert as much material from landfills as you can! 
  • Properly recycling keeps materials still in cycle and keeps landfills from filling more area 
  • Below is a list of other reasons why recycling is so important! 


Recycle to stop valuable materials entering landfills

Recycle to fight climate change

  • Landfills release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas (25 times more potent that carbon dioxide)
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest source of anthropogenic methane in the USA
  • Recycling : Less Trash in Landfills : less methane released into the atmosphere
  • Climate change is threatening ecosystems and human life & well being around the world, keep materials out of landfills to reduce your carbon footprint

Recycling creates green jobs

Recycling paper products saves trees

  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees
  • Trees are essential parts of many ecosystems, make up beautiful landscapes, and provide oxygen for earth’s atmosphere
  • Recycled paper can easily be made into more paper, recycle paper to keep it in the cycle, and purchase paper with recycled content! 

Recycling plastics reduces the amount of oil being drilled

Recycling aluminum reduces the amount of mining for new aluminum

Recycling is important because landfills are in someone’s backyard

  • Landfills are commonly located in low income neighborhoods 
  • Reduce your waste footprint & recycle the amount of waste dumped near where people live 


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