Is recycling at home worth the hassle? It might not be as hard as you think. But the reasons recycling is so crucial to our environment are also important, not to mention the economic benefits. This article will explain some of the reasons recycling is a good idea, and we will show you how easy it can be to recycle using our products and services.
- Problems With Waste Disposal
What we don’t see (or smell) in our surroundings can fool us into thinking everything’s fine. But the fact is that waste disposal is a huge environmental and public health problem in the United States and around the world.
There are many drawbacks to landfills in particular, including possible groundwater contamination, soil contamination, and increases in greenhouse gases due to methane and carbon dioxide. Wise homebuyers will always steer clear of purchasing a home near a landfill due to concerns about toxics. In addition, due to landfill closings near urban areas, waste must be transported longer and longer distances, resulting in even more fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas production.
Here are some facts concerning waste disposal in the U.S.:
- The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year.
- The U.S. population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild our commercial air fleet four times over.
- Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
- Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that COULD have been composted.
- On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it. 1
- Recycling Saves Natural Resources
Recycling saves natural resources such as trees (used to make paper) or mining operations which are destructive or unsafe. By not creating new landfills, many thousands of acres can be saved for wildlife or human habitation. Recycling saves energy because it takes less energy to clean or convert materials than it does to create or obtain them to begin with.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has kept statistics on its waste programs with the following results:
NCDOT employees combined recycling efforts state wide in 2008-2009. Recycling paper products saved 12,206 trees, 2,872,000 kilowatts of electricity, 5,026,000 gallons of water, 272,840 gallons of oil, and 2,154 cubic yards of land fill space; from the aluminum recycle we saved 1,124 tons of virgin Bauxite, we could run 10,000 NCDOT computers for 5,062 hours, we saved over 10,000 barrels of oil, we saved enough energy to power an average home for 369 years or every single home in Raleigh for one year, and we saved 2810 cubic yards of landfill space.2
- Recycling Creates a Healthy Economy
- Recycling reduces the weight and volume, and therefore cost, of waste to be disposed and reintroduces into the economy materials previously considered without value.
- Recycling supports manufacturing. Production of everything from steel to glass, paper, packaging, automobile and construction products, and textiles are made from recycled material in the Carolinas.
- Recycling creates jobs and business opportunities. It is one of the most consistently growing sectors of the economy in the Carolinas.
- Recycling helps reduce the need for new landfills. The growth in recycling has helped increase landfill capacity in NC from 20 to 32 years.
- Recycling allows citizens to contribute to environmental solutions. Through the simple act of recycling, Carolinians save water and energy, prevent pollution, protect habitats, and conserve valuable resources.
- Recycling Builds Responsibility
We often take for granted all the things available to us on our planet. We need to teach our children to be responsible and not wasteful of what we have been given. We also need to teach them to care for the environment and to think about how our actions today will affect future generations.
- Recycling is Easy!
Our goal at All Points Waste Service is to make recycling at home as easy as possible. Below are some of the choices and requirements for our residential recycling services.
Single-stream Recycling and Custom Recycling Bins
You don’t have to sort out your recyclables yourself. All-Points Waste Service can provide single-stream recycling, meaning that you do not need multiple recycling bins but can put all your recyclables into the same bin. The materials are then taken to a recycling center and processed for later separation.
Our 96 gallon container is sufficient for most residential recycling. We also have larger sizes and can make custom recycling bins to fit your needs if you do wish to separate your recyclables.
All-Points Waste Service accepts the following materials:
- Plastic Containers (except those that are marked with #6)
- Rigid Plastics (toys, litter boxes and buckets)
- Empty Aerosol Cans
- Cartons & Juice Boxes
- Cardboard (flattened)
- Tin/Steel Cans
- Paper (newspaper, brown paper bags, magazines, corrugated containers, junk mail, high-grade paper, cereal boxes, telephone books)
Here’s a list of what All-Points Waste Service is NOT currently able to recycle at this time:
- Pizza Boxes
- Bottle Caps or Lids
- Plastic Bags
- Plastic Food Trays & Cups
- Pots & Pans
- Paper Plates & Napkins
- Batteries, Light Bulbs, or Wire Hangers
- Clamshell Takeout Boxes or Styrofoam
You can find a handy reproducible reference sheet concerning these items here.
We hope you will explore our website and discover the many reasons to choose us to help with your recycling needs!