Trash Pickup: The Benefits of Recycling Pt. 2

Recycling is One of the Best Things You can do


Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to the Oak Disposal Services blog. If you read our previous post, you already know that we are using this blog post to continue to list out some of the major benefits that are associated with recycling. If you haven’t read our previous post, welcome. While you don’t need to read our previous post to benefit from the information that is in this blog post, we recommend that you still go back and do so. However, if you’d like to jump right in and get to learning, that is totally fine too. Continue reading below to learn more about the benefits of recycling and why you should make recycling a part of your waste management routine.


Benefit 4: Reduces Waste in Landfills


If you have ever been to a landfill, you probably noticed just how big these smelly but essential facilities are. Studies show that the average person generates over four pounds of trash every single day and approximately 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Americans alone are responsible for producing more than 200 million tons of garbage each and every year and, as our population increases, this number is only set to rise. With this much waste being produced each year, it should come as no surprise that many people are looking for a better way to reduce the amount of trash that is tucked into landfills annually. Once again, recycling comes to the rescue. Based on estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, around 75 percent of waste produced by Americans is recyclable. Unfortunately, of this 75 percent, only around 30 percent of it is actually recycled. This means that 45 percent of the waste currently in landfills could and should have been recycled. So, the next time you are debating over whether or not you should recycle, just remember, there is only so much space for us to throw away our garbage; if we don’t take action now, we may run out of space sooner than we think.


Benefit 5: Stimulates Job Growth


That’s right; by recycling, you can actually help to stimulate the economy! As greater emphasis is placed on more sustainable energy production and waste management, new jobs are becoming available at a rather brisk rate. While it might seem counterintuitive that recycling creates jobs (after all, if fewer goods are being produced due to recycling wouldn’t jobs be disappearing?), the opposite is actually true. Recycling facilities require workers and, as more people recycle, more workers are needed. What’s more, jobs related to the recycling industry tend to pay more, on average, than traditional landfill jobs. Creating more high-paying jobs helps to stimulate the economy which, as we all know, is a good thing for everybody.


Benefit 6: Leave A Better Planet


It is a part of human nature to desire a better life for our children. Ask any parent and they will tell you that they want their children to live better lives than they did, have access to more resources, and find success. All of these things will be hard for future generations to accomplish if the planet continues to warm from greenhouse gasses. By choosing to recycle, people are choosing to leave a better planet to future generations, a planet that is clean and lush instead of hot and overrun with garbage. With concentrated recycling efforts, we can ensure that our planet is fit for another 1,000 years, a thing that we feel that majority of people on earth would like to see.


When you choose to recycle, you are doing more than helping to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste on Earth. Barring a startling new discovery, we have one planet to work with and, in our opinion, it is a planet that is worth the effort to maintain. If you would like to learn more about recycling, the things you can recycle, or anything else related to the world of recycling, please contact us today at Oak Disposal Services. We have been offering recycling services and with trash pickup services to the greater Wet Mountain Valley for more than 20 years and we would love to have your business.