Benefits of Recycling

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental and social returns. By expanding traditional curbside recycling to include household appliances, E-Scrap, etc. benefits accrue locally as well as globally.
Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy and reduces water pollution and air pollution. Electronic waste is growing at 3 times the rate of regular waste. The City of Glasgow wants to be proactive in a solution. Together, Reducing, Recycling and Buying Recycled products make up a comprehensive waste and resource reduction strategy that benefits our natural world and our economy.

Other Benefits of Recycling:

  • Recycling protects and expands local and U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.
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