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Good Reasons to Recycle

As easy as it is to recycle in most cities, there are still many people who don't recycle.  There are many excuses, but the benefits of recycling trump them all.

- Recycling saves energy.  Things made of recycled materials don't need to be made from new resources, so it cuts down on the amount of energy used.  

- Recycling uses less space in landfills.  Instead of cans and bottles sitting in a landfill forever, they'll be reused.  

- Recycling saves trees.   Recycling paper products and buying recycled paper goods reduces the amount of trees that need to be cut down.   By saving trees, it also maintains a habitat for wildlife.  

- Recycling helps climate change.  Less things needing to be manufactured from new resources = less carbon!  Ecocycle.org says:  Recycling and remanufacturing are 194 times more effective in reducing greenhouse gasemissions than landfilling and virgin manufacturing.  

- Recycling reduces pollution.   According to Ecocycle.org, producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than producing paper from virgin fibers.

- Recycling saves money.  Selling recycled materials offsets any additional costs associated with recycling.  

- Recycling creates jobs.  For each single job at a landfill, there are TEN jobs in recycling processing and TWENTY-FIVE jobs in recycling-based manufacturers!!  

So...why NOT recycle?!?!