Recycling & Climate Change

You can take action on climate change by recycling, composting, and buying recycled products!

Recycling Saves Energy

The energy used to make everyday consumer products, in the industrial processing of virgin materials and in their transportation, involves burning fossil fuels which contribute to climate change. While manufacturing goods from recycled materials still requires energy, it uses much less energy than extracting, processing, and transporting virgin raw materials. That's why it's important to recycle and buy recycled products .

Recycling Reduces Landfill Gas

When you throw paper, yardwaste, and food scraps in the landfill, they turn into the greenhouse gas methane, which is 20 times more potent than the most prevalent greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Landfills are the single largest human-made source of methane gas in the U.S. Recycling your paper and composting food and yardwaste keeps materials out of landfills, so they can't contribute to climate change.

Recycling Conserves Forests

Recycling paper and buying recycled-content paper slows the harvesting of forests, which act as carbon sinks, meaning they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and slow global warming.