Recycling is beneficial in many ways. Not only does it help the environment, but it is also good for the economy. For that reason, Securr is proud to be a part of the Recycle Across America program with our receptacles used in municipalities across the nation. Through our partnership, we will offer standardized labels as an option on all of our products.
Helping the Economy with Recycling
Many do not realize how much of an impact recycling has on the economy. As a $200 billion industry in the United States, recycling generates seven to ten more jobs than landfills and waste to energy plants. Recycling also creates valuable resources for the U.S. manufacturing industry and has become a valuable export to other countries, including China and India.
Protecting the Environment
Of course, recycling is also beneficial to the environment. By using recycled materials, up to 95 percent of the fresh water used in the mining and manufacturing process is concerned with many materials. Recycling also helps to conserve finite natural resources, which grows increasingly important as the population continues to grow and places an even greater demand on these resources.
In addition to conserving resources, recycling also helps to reduce pollution. In areas where recycling is consistently performed, less litter and waste is put into the ocean. Recycling also reduces the use of fossil fuels, which also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide emissions are further reduced because recycling helps to protect forests.
An Ongoing Problem
Despite all of the benefits that recycling provides, the United States continues to lag behind in its recycling efforts. In fact, a recent Yale University/EPA study found that the United States recycles less than 22 percent of its discarded materials. The World Watch Institute has also found that the United States generates more waste than any other country in the world, despite representing only 5 percent of the world population.
While billions of dollars have been spent in the United States on recycling competitions, awareness campaigns, symposiums and sorting technologies, the levels of recycling in the United States have not improved over the last 20 years. This issue is not expected to improve, as current trends indicated that worldwide waste will double in less than 15 years.
With the help of standardized labels on recycling bins, programs like Recycle Across America hope to change some of these statistics. Research has indicated that one of the problems for a lack of recycling habits may be due to a lack of understanding about what can be recycled and how to go about getting items recycled. Clear labels such as those provided by Securr will go a long way toward helping to increase consumer recycling in the United States. Securr is proud to be a part of this valuable program as we play an integral role in helping to increase the levels of recycling in the United States.