A few facts about recycling shows a greater interest in recycling and reuse. As limited resources are becoming less available and more expensive to get, recycling has become an more important than ever. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)—more commonly known as trash or garbage—consists of everyday items we use and then throw away, such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. This comes from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses.
Recycling and composting prevented 86.6 million tons of material away from being disposed in 2012, up from 15 million tons in 1980. This prevented the release of approximately 168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air in 2012—equivalent to taking over 33 million cars off the road for a year. Everyone should take the time to learn more about what they can recycle. This includes food and yard wastes, paper, metals, and electronics. You can lessen your MSW generation and learn how they can be recycled. If you have any questions, give us a call (361)643-4589.