Benefits of Recycling

Recycling is an easy way for individuals to protect our environment and save money. It reduces the amount of trash that ends up in landfills and conserves resources and energy. Below are some facts that highlight the benefits recycling.

Energy Savings from Recycling

The figures below reflect what is saved when recycling one ton of each material:

Glass

  • 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 42 KWH of energy
  • 5 gallons of oil

Aluminum:

  • 10 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 14,000 KWH of energy
  • 1,663 gallons of oil

Plastic

  • 30 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 5,774 KWH of energy
  • 685 gallons of oil

Cardboard

  • 390 KWH of energy
  • 46 gallons of oil

Paper

  • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4,100 KWH of energy
  • 380 gallons of oil
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • over 16 trees

Benefits of Recycling

As you can see from the figures above, there are significant benefits of recycling. Beyond the environmental impact of landfill space, it saves energy, oil, and money. With natural resources depleting, it is more important than ever. In order for recycling to be truly successful, it takes active participation from individual households. Find out about the recycling programs in your community or contact Miller Waste Industries for information on establishing your own program.