We all know how recycling benefits society as a whole, but often we don’t realize the good it’s doing right here in our own communities. We asked our readers to detail the advantages they have experienced from local recycling efforts and here’s what they had to say:
Creates Jobs, Strengthens Neighborhood Economy
There are a few ways local communities benefit from local recycling. First, by recycling locally, the community can reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills or incinerators. This is not only good for the environment but can also help save money since it costs less to recycle materials than it does to a landfill or incinerate them.
Second, recycling helps create jobs and support businesses in the local community. Recycling centers need employees to collect and sort recyclable materials, and manufacturers that use recycled materials need suppliers to provide them with those materials. So by recycling locally, you’re not just helping the environment—you’re also helping to support your community’s economy.
Diverts Solid Waste and Reduces Local Landfill Fees
Most people will often associate green jobs with things like curbside collection services, but there is a lot to do in this industry that happens behind the scenes. After all, recyclable material will still need to be processed for it to become a valuable material that can be reused.
And since this can’t be done without businesses and employees to collect, process, and manufacture those recyclable materials, it creates a number of potential jobs that can benefit the local community and economy.
Furthermore, local recycling can also be a huge cost saver for local communities, as it diverts solid waste from garbage collection. And this in turn contributes to a reduction in landfill fees whose costs typically add up and end up being absorbed by local budgets.
Provides Increased Reusable Products to Local Industries
Local recycling requires manual labor, which creates more local job opportunities. When there are more local job opportunities, the local economy, and community benefit. It also provides a larger number of products and resources for local businesses and centers, allowing them to save money on production and imports.
Limits the Production of Greenhouse Gasses in Your Neighborhood
Recycling is a beneficial undertaking in numerous ways. It helps the community on a global scale by limiting the production of greenhouse gasses and helps on a smaller scale by providing jobs in waste management and distribution. Recycling purifies air and water, elements found in almost every community. When we recycle, we are creating a better environment for ourselves and for our children.
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