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Newport CH International Group Communicating the Bene ts of Recycling Source link There are significant environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling Recycling helps create jobs can be more cost effective than trash collection reduces the need for new landfills saves energy supplies valuable raw materials to industry and adds significantly to the US economy More Jobs Economic Development and Tax Revenue Recycling creates new businesses that haul process and broker recovered materials as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with these recycled materials The recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56000 establishments that employ over 11 million people generate an annual payroll of nearly 37 billion and gross over 236 billion in annual revenues More Energy Security The amount of energy saved differs by material but almost all recycling processes achieve significant energy savings compared to virgin material production For example recycling of aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from virgin sources For each can recycled this is enough energy to run a television or computer for three hours By conservative estimates recycling was projected to save 605 trillion British Thermal Units BTUs in 2005 equal to the energy used in 6 million households annually Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions Current evidence suggests that it is likely that human activities have contributed to accelerated warming of the Earth s surface through the increase of emissions of greenhouse gases GHGs which have altered the chemical composition of the atmosphere While there is uncertainty regarding the human and ecological impacts of climate change scientists have identified that our health agriculture water resources forests wildlife and coastal areas are vulnerable to the changes that global warming may bring Less Pressure on Land lls and More Natural Resources for Future Generations Recycling revenues can help defray recycling costs and forestall the need for new disposal capacity as every cubic yard of material recycled is one less cubic yard of landfill space that is required These avoided costs are part of the revenues that recycling brings to a community For example in 1996 Ann Arbor Michigan spent 71 per ton on recycling and composting compared to 86 per ton for trash collection and disposal In 1996 130 million cubic yards of material were diverted from landfills due to recycling and composting If this amount of material had not been recycled the US would have needed 64 additional landfills each with enough capacity to serve the combined city populations of Dallas and Detroit
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