There are many benefits to recycling and the good thing is there really aren't any cons that accompany the pros!
The most important advantage is it will save the planet for future generations to come!
We list only the main reasons or benefits to recycling, but feel free to look up more if you wish! Below you will find a list of benefits and the broader category in which they fall under.
Let's start with the leading factor that gets many people to recycle..
Money saved, even earned by recycling:
I am not judging, it is a good motivator. This seems to be one of biggest reasons that make many people really commit to the cause. After all, we could all use some extra cash in our pockets! Don't get us wrong, there are also many people who recycle out of the goodness of their hearts and are all about being charitable and helping the environment. However, their are many others who need to see a personal gain out of doing something extra. For those, this is a great way to show them that recycling can benefit them too!
So how do you save or even earn money through recycling? Simple..
Old newspapers, appliances, copper, plastic, steel, rubber, and even beer cans can be sold for money.
Reusing items will save you money from buying new products to replace them.
Buying products made from recycled materials are also cheaper than their alternatives.
When we use less resources, the prices for these things go down.
This in turn saves us money that would have otherwise been spent on planting more forests, mining iron ore, or purchasing fossil fuels from other countries. (Maybe this is where part of our taxes go? If so we can mention that it would saves us in taxes)
The more we recycle, the more jobs are created by this industry. This stabilizes the community and the entire process!
Recycling is estimated by the National Recycling Coalition to create 1.1 million jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales, and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
According to Wrap, for every 1 job at a landfill there are 10 jobs in recycling processing and 25 jobs in recycling based producers. Therefore, recycling creates more jobs than incinerators and recycling can typically be the least costly waste management technique for cities and towns!
A well-run recycling program costs less to operate than waste collection, land-filling, and incineration! Additionally, the more people that recycle, the cheaper this process becomes!
This also boosts our economy, in more ways than one. For example, all of the money saved from the current waste disposal system could be diverted to where it is needed most.
Thousands of companies in the United States have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn't recycle if it didn't make economic sense!
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions:
Conserves natural resources and biodiversity:
Encourages greener technologies:
Reduces the size of landfills: