Recycling saves energy and prevents pollution
The amount of energy saved differs by material, but making a product from recycled materials typically takes much less energy than making the same product from raw materials. It also prevents pollution and habitat destruction associated with extracting and processing of raw materials.
Recycling creates jobs
Recycling supports businesses that haul, process, and broker recovered materials, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with these recycled materials. Overall, recycling creates many more jobs per ton of material processed than does combustion or landfilling.
Recycling reduces pressure on landfills
The Allegany County Landfill in Angelica is almost full and is expected to reach capacity within three to five years. At that time, the county will have to ship its waste elsewhere which is likely to increase disposal costs. Recycling will help keep the landfill open longer and reduces the need to expand and/or create new landfills.
Recycling reduces costs
It costs Alfred State more to send a ton of garbage to the landfill than it does to send a ton of recyclables to a recovery facility.