Resource Conservation: Recycling conserves the world's scarce natural resources by using recycled materials instead of trees, metal ores, minerals, oil and other raw materials harvested from the earth.
Energy Conservation: Recycling saves energy by reducing the need to process new material, which usually requires more energy than the recycling process. Recycling aluminum saves 92% of the energy required to make the material from scratch.
Pollution Reduction: Products made using recycled rather than raw materials use significantly less energy, which translates into less burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. When burned, these fuels release pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide.
Land Conservation: Recycling minimizes the materials going to the landfill, thereby slowing the growth of landfills and preserving our land.
Economic Benefits: Recycling programs typically translate into reduced waste costs for businesses. Nationally, recycling is responsible for 850,000 U.S. jobs and $86 billion in gross annual sales.
Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Recycling reduces emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change by using less energy to make new products, reducing incinerator and landfill emissions, and slowing the harvest of trees.