Benefits of Recycling (2019)
Recycling reduces the use of natural resources by reusing materials:
- 94% of the natural resources used by Americans are non-renewable. Non-renewable, natural resource use has increased from 59% in 1900 and 88% in 1945.
- Recycling saves non-renewable resources. For example, by not recycling paper, 80% more wood will need to be harvested by 2010 to meet growing paper consumption demands. However, through active paper recycling, only 20% more wood will need to be harvested by 2010.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
- Making products from recyclables results in energy savings. Recycled steel saves 60% production energy, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%.
- Using scrap steel instead of virgin ore to make new steel takes 40% less water and creates 97% less mining waste.