IS RECYCLING REALLY WORTH IT
OR JUST A BUNCH OF GARBAGE?
Well, let's put it this way. Recycling is only important if you care about little things like saving energy, saving money, saving natural resources, saving land space, creating new jobs, reducing air and water pollution and preserving habitat for wildlife.
Markets for recyclable items definitely fluctuate which means revenue can be way up, way down or even zero at times. But the results overall are:
It takes less energy to process recycled materials than to use virgin resources.
- Recycling cuts down on the cost of waste disposal and of creating new landfills and incinerators.
- Decomposing and incinerated waste (though somewhat filtered) releases noxious chemicals into the air and soil which eventually make their way to the water.
- Recycling is a $236 billion industry directly and indirectly employing 1.1 million workers.
- When fewer trees are cut down for virgin materials, or to make room for more landfills, animal habitat is preserved meaning less animal extinction.
“The recycling industry provides a source of raw material to other manufacturers that is environmentally friendly compared to virgin material,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) “In doing so, the industry has become a leader in economic output, job creation, resource sustainability, energy savings and global trade.”
There are many more reasons why recycling is not a bunch of garbage, but this should get you started.
Speaking of getting started..........???
WAIT! DON'T TOSS THAT BANANA PEEL IN THE TRASH!
Kitchen Scraps Composting NOW at the
Reduce your trash and
help the environment more than ever
through an exciting new pilot project.
ALL vegetable and fruit scraps
egg shells * coffee grounds
NO meat products * NO bags please.
Recycling Area, Chatham Transfer Station
Because it helps the environment by turning these
scraps into compost and it reduces our Town's
trash disposal costs.
-In cooperation with Watts Family Farms
Learn about Composting and watch this Compost Workshop Video held Oct 12, 2012 in Chatham