Recycling is an important way to reduce the impact of our waste on our community, locally and globally. It is a very easy thing to do, and it matters more than you think. Minnesotans make a big impact by recycling more than 2 million tons per year.
There are many benefits of recycling:
Save Natural Resources
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Recycling in Minnesota reduces emissions equal to taking 2.3 million cars off the road.
Over 19,000 Minnesota jobs are involved with recycling.
Reduce Our Taxes
Each year, the recycling industry contributes $64 million in taxes to help pay for public services.
*Information from Rethink Recycling, www.rethinkrecycling.com