Why Is Recycling Important

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Recycling- An Important Part of the Solution
As a young child, I always hated the smell of garbage from the local landfill. The average American discards an average seven and a half pounds of garbage every day, unfortunately most of this garbage goes into to landfills. Although America’s recycling rate has doubled over the past 15 years, it has occurred in the absence of a federal law on recycling. Instead, state legislation and local support have been leading the action. Recently stricter state laws have been passed in order to create a smarter energy future for our citizens. There are many benefits these laws provide, however the laws are not strict enough to meet with our current energy crisis needs.
Investments in recycling collection support a strong recycling manufacturing industry, this assists in bringing in jobs and high wages to states. The collection of recyclables is only the first line in the chain of economic activity that recycling provides. Importantly, many of these recycling manufacturers rely on a steady and consistent
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One of the most efficient forms of recycling is aluminum recycling. Aluminum can be reused repeatedly and requires very little processing to make it available for reuse. Manufacturers simply melt down crushed aluminum stock and add it to freshly extracted aluminum without any degradation of quality in the finished product. “A ton of soda cans made with recycled aluminum saves an amazing 21,000 kilowatt hours by reducing the virgin bauxite ore that would have to be mined, shipped, and refined. That’s a 95% energy savings.”("Buildings & Grounds Maintenance." Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits of Recycling. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.) The Aluminum Association estimates that the energy saved in recycling a single aluminum can could power a television for 3

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