Recycling is a great way of trying to save and conserve the natural resources that are used from the Earth. Also, it reduces the amount of waste in landfills, as well as, reducing greenhouse gasses. Recycling is one simple way of putting a global footprint into the Earth.
An important part of recycling is conservation. Conservation helps keep unneeded waste out of landfills in the United States (Conserve Energy Future 2). As Americans, an average person throws away 4.8 pounds of waste daily. This adds up to over 1750 pounds in a year alone, for one person. In 2006, Americans generated 251 tons of waste (Riedel 11). Of this waste over 50 percent could be recycled into new materials to be used again. In doing this, recycling will tremendously…show more content… The recycling of aluminum saves 95 percent of the energy required to make aluminum cans for sodas as well as other liquids (Ackerman 6). The most recent investment in the paper industry has been in machines and mills designed specifically to handle recycled paper (Ackerman 7). In the United States alone, 67 percent of all steel production is from recycled and recovered steel. For the aluminum industry, 42 percent of all aluminum is recovered or recycled. Each aluminum can, contains about 55 percent recycled content. This is a leading economic success for community recycling projects all over the United States. That accounts for more than $1 billion in recycled aluminum cans (Ackerman 7). The value of materials recycled from solid waste has become a substantial amount. In 1996 this project had a dollar value of $3.6 billion and was projected to be $5.2 billion by 2005. Paper and paperboard were accounted for almost one-third of all recycled materials, in both 1996 and 2005 (Ackerman 8). The other two-thirds were made up of grass clippings, aluminum cans, glass bottles, steel, and other recyclable materials. In recycling these materials, the planet is being saved for the future generations to