Frequent Questions

What are the benefits of recycling?

Recycling prevents the emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants, and saves energy. Recycling also supplies valuable raw materials to industry, creates jobs, stimulates the development of greener technologies, conserves resources for future generations, and reduces the need for new landfills and combustors. 

Recycling creates new products such as aluminum cans, newspapers, cereal boxes, paper towels, egg cartons, carpeting, motor oil, car bumpers, nails, trash bags, glass containers, comic books, and laundry detergent bottles. Steps in the recycling process include collecting the recyclable components of municipal solid waste, separating materials by type, processing them into reusable forms, and purchasing and using the goods made with reprocessed materials. 

Using recovered material generates less solid waste. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by the extraction and processing of virgin materials. Also, when products are made using recovered rather than virgin materials, less energy is used during manufacturing and fewer pollutants are emitted. 

Educating the public about the benefits of recycling and/or providing economic incentives will get more people involved in recycling.

For more information, see http://www2.epa.gov/recycle
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/inforesources/pubs/recycling.htm
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/catbook/index.htm

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