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Six Great Reasons to Recycle
Here are six reasons recycling is a great idea:
- Recycling conserves natural resources.
For every 2,000 pounds of steel recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
- Recycling saves energy.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television or computer for three hours. Recycling plastic uses 80 percent less energy than manufacturing plastic from virgin materials.
- Recycling reduces pollution.
Making goods from recycled materials creates far less air and water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials. For example, making a ton of paper from recycled fiber keeps 60 pounds of pollutants out of the air and saves 100 gallons of water.
- Recycling creates jobs.
A million or more people are estimated to hold jobs in the recycling and reuse sectors nationwide.
- Recycling saves money.
For every ton of recyclable material diverted from trash, the County saves $64. At a time when every dollar counts, recycling saves Baltimore County nearly $3 million per year in disposal costs.
- Recycling lengthens landfill life.
Baltimore County's only operating landfill is already half full. The more that County residents recycle, the more years the landfill will last.
Revised June 13, 2016