Environmental Benefits of Recycling
In addition to generating significant economic benefits, the recycling industry is a pivotal player in environmental protection, resource conservation, and sustainability. U.S. recyclers transformed 138 million mt of material from outdated or obsolete products into valuable manufacturing inputs in 2018. Those scrap commodities reduce the need to mine for ore, cut down trees for paper, extract fossil fuels to produce plastic, and otherwise deplete our natural resources. Recycling also reduces the amount of material sent to landfills, preserving that land for better uses.