Recycling Conserves Natural Resources
When we recycle, materials are converted into new products, which reduces the need to consume virgin natural resources. This protects natural habitats for the future.
Recycling Protects the Environment
Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials – all of which create air and water pollution as well as use a lot of energy, and thereby reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
Landfills are Limited
Massachusetts has run out of landfill room and is now at the mercy of other states as far away as Ohio. This won’t happen overnight in New York, but it’s always a possibility.
Recycling Creates Well-Paying Jobs
A study in 2016 found that recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 757,000 jobs.