Preserving Natural Resources
According to the U.S. EPA estimation, around 75 percent of our waste is recyclable, which goes well beyond what you toss in your recycling bin. Recycling serves two key purposes:
- It keeps valuable materials known as “earth’s rare resources,” such as aluminum, plastic, paper, even copper and gold in certain discards, out of landfills, so this material can be reused in other forms and not wasted.
- It prevents hazardous materials and chemicals, such as lead and mercury, from ending up in landfills, which can contaminate soil and leach into our drinking water.
Because of the second purpose, it’s important to recycle lots of materials, including those that you might not initially think of recycling. This includes batteries, electronics, motor oil, paint and any product that has “Caution” or “Warning” on the label.