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The importance of recycling

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If you are looking for a small way to make a big impact on the planet, just look for the nearest blue bin.

Making an effort to recycle on a daily basis can benefit both your community and the environment.

Through the recycling process, materials which would otherwise be thrown away as trash are collected, processed, and made into new products. That, in turn, saves energy, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, and helps to preserve natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.

For instance, while plastic water bottles should go in the recycling bin, millions instead become garbage every year and end up in landfills across the country. Aluminum cans, glass containers, newspapers and cardboard are also common items that can be recycled but often end up in the trash bin.
The conservation effort goes beyond just recycling existing products. You can also opt to purchase products made from recycled materials, such as paper towels and plastic containers.

Minimizing the amount of waste you create in the first place is another step you can take. For instance, pay bills via e-billing programs to save paper, bring your own reusable bag to the store when purchasing groceries, and use public transportation instead of driving your own vehicle to reduce reduce energy consumption and harmful carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions, and try to avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, cups, and utensils.

Recycling is important in conserving natural resources and maintaining environmental sustainability.

When you choose to buy and use recyclable goods, as well as bring them to an experienced and reliable company like Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal for proper disposal, you can make a big impact in small steps.

Elgin Recycling : 5114 Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake IL : 847.741.4100 : http://www.elginrecycling.com

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