Benefits of Recycling
Recycling creates jobs
Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incineration
Recycling reduces the pollution caused by making
from virgin materials
Recycling saves energy
Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases
contribute to climate change
Recycling conserves the natural resources such as
water and minerals
By conserving resources today, recycling ensures
be plenty left for future generations.
feels good. It's the right thing to do.
Natural Resources And Natural Areas
products with recycled material slows the depletion on non-renewable
resources such as metal, oil, and natural gas, and reduces
the encroachment of new mining and drilling operations.
Conserving renewable resources through recycling also helps
preserve undisturbed land and natural diversity by reducing
the amount of land needed for timber production.
takes less energy to make products with recycled materials
than virgin materials. It takes 20 times more energy to
make aluminum from bauxite ore than using recycled aluminum.
Benefits of reduced energy consumption include reduced costs
and reduced dependence on foreign suppliers.
less energy also means generating less air and water pollution
and recycling reduced other forms of pollution as well.
Runoff from mining operations, soil erosion and toxic chemicals
released when raw materials are processed.
will not run out of landfill space any time soon, as was
feared when state government began encouraging recycling
in the 1980s, but conserving landfill space now will help
put off the need to build new or expanded landfills.
Industry and Jobs
isn't just good for the environment, it's good for business.
Ohio firms are among industry leaders in research and development
of recycled-content products and mechanical and chemical
systems for recycling material into new products. As of
2000, almost 100,000 jobs in Ohio were directly dependent
on recycling; Ohio recycling resulted in $22.5 billion in
sales and an annual payroll of $3.6 billion.
County Recycling and Litter Prevention
305 North 5th Street Ironton, Ohio 45638
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