Just take a minute and think about how many things you throw away. Some of that could be recycled, keeping it out of the landfills and preventing it from hurting the environment. There are two big benefits to recycling.
“The environmental benefit that’s well documented. The reduction and the need for raw materials to produce new materials. We can use materials that have already been used and save on that,” says the Solid Waste Management Director, Mark Draper.
The other is the economic benefit. All the materials recycled have value to them and can be sold to generate revenue. That revenue can help offset the cost of municipalities having to pay to use a landfill. This is turn could lead to a lower property tax for you.
“Anything that you can do to help obviously is going to be beneficial, and if you do it perhaps you can convince your neighbor or co-workers to participate and it kind of grows from there,” says Draper.
If you’re not sure how to recycle, Draper says start with magazines and newspapers. They can be put in the recycling igloos which are scattered throughout the county. Each igloo is labeled. If you want to recycle plastic, look for a number 2 on the bottom, usually found on milk and water jugs.
“We’d like to see more and more of these items be segregated out of the waste stream, so that we can put them through our recycling process, rather than just dispose of them in the landfill where they’re really not any value to anyone at that point,” says Draper.
Draper says to remember the 3 R’s of recycling Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, not just on Earth Day, but everyday of the year.
“For us everyday is Earth day, but it is nice that once a year folks think about it a little more and you know that’s going to be helpful,” says Draper.