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Benefits of Recycling

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Even though current recycling methods may have their downsides, it generally takes less energy and much less material to recycle a product than to manufacture from virgin materials. For example, recycling aluminum cans "saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite" (EPA). It is better to obtain one or two more uses from a product than to send it immediately to a landfill.

The ultimate goal, however, is for products to be designed with the intention of being recycling; a mentality that has not yet become the norm. Once the transition is made to a product of service system, recycling the materials we depend on will be much less energy intensive, causing zero hazardous emissions or byproducts. We will significantly reduce the extraction rate of virgin raw materials, thereby providing environmental benefits from both sides.

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Earth 911

Charged by the mission of making every day Earth Day, Earth 911 is an organization that empowers the public from a grass roots level by providing community-specific resources to improve the local quality of life. Visit Earth 911 to find out more about how you can make a positive impact in your community.

Find a recycling center near you

This resource is provided by Earth 911 and allows you to search a database of recycling services across the country. You can find facilities near you that accept anything from municipal solid waste, compostable waste and used motor oil to construction materials, cell phones and computers.

National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

Founded in 1978, the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. (NRC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the diverse interests of those committed to a common goal of maximizing recycling. The mission of the NRC involves the advancement and improvement of recycling, source reduction, composting and reuse by providing technical information, education, training, outreach and advocacy services to its members.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The NRDC uses their scientific and legal expertise to lobby for legislation that will protect the planet's wildlife and wild places, and move us toward a safe and healthy environment for all living things. As stated by the Wall Street Journal, "NRDC is by many accounts, the most effective lobbying and litigating group on environmental issues."

Visit this particular page for access to case studies that illustrate the benefits of recycling.

Our Earth

The OurEarth.org website began as a simple idea to make it easier for people to find environmental information. Today, the site is a fantastic place to find information on curbside recycling programs, national recycling programs, and news in the field.

Recycler’s World

Recycler’s World, established in 1995, is a trading site for information related to recyclable commodities, by-products, and used and surplus items. This site provides company listings and contact information to get in touch with organizations that can re-route your waste products from the grave to the cradle.

Recycling Guide

Take advantage of this user-friendly recycling guide to find recycling solutions for your home, school, and business!

Terracycle

“Terracycle makes affordable, eco-friendly products from a wide range of different non-recyclable waste materials. With over 50 products available at major retailers like Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Ect. Terracyle is one of the fastest growing eco-friendly manufacturers in the world.

The Internet Consumer Recycling World

This site contains a consumer recycling guide geared toward people with regular household quantities of recyclable materials. It provides resources for consumers with the goal of helping to make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life. It also offers tips on how you can stop the unwanted paper junk mail, email and phone call intrusions that plague households today.

World Environmental Organization

The World Environmental Organization is a great resource for ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle common household materials. The goal of the database is to minimize the amount of materials that end up as trash in landfills.

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