Category Archives: Reasons to Recycle

How plastic bags get recycled

There has been a great deal of debate in recent months regarding the banning of plastic grocery bags and the efficacy of this policy. Earlier this year we discussed the merits of paper vs. plastic bags in  Should plastic bags be banned?  Supporters of a ban argue that plastic bags are extremely harmful to the environment. […]
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Illinois becomes 25th state to pass an e-waste ban

In January, 2012, Illinois will join the ranks of New York, Vermont, California and 21 others as the 25th state to ban e-waste from its landfills after passing their electronic waste recycling act. Why ban e-waste? To stop toxins from hazardous waste components from leaking into the environment.  Electronics can contain the following: Lead – causes […]
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Recycling Creates Jobs

One of the justifications for recycling cited in our Why Recycle? post is that recycling creates jobs. The 2011 study More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S.  published by Tellus Institute provides further support for that claim.   The study postulates that achieving a 75% national recycling recycling rate would result in (among […]
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Why is recycling important?

Recycling as we know it today came about as a result of the environmental movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Since that time the national recycling rate has increased from 7.3% to over 30%.  Unfortunately, despite the ‘go green’ mantra of the 2000’s our national recycling rate has remained static at 33.8% over […]
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