As a graduate student in the early 70s I needed to work to pay the bills, so I channeled my enthusiasm for the environment, along with a little business sense, into starting my own company: Resource Recycling. What started as a simple recycling company grew quickly into a recycling consulting and publishing firm.
Today, Resource Recycling publishes magazines including Plastics Recycling Update, E-Scrap News, and Resource Recycling. In addition to our publications, Resource Recycling also sponsors conferences in a variety of fields including plastic recycling, electronic recycling and municipal waste recycling.
Our conferences are designed to educate consumers about recycling and help them eliminate confusion about which products are recyclable in their communities. Many materials are easily and readily recyclable, especially plastic, and global recycling markets exist for all forms of plastic. By arming themselves with the proper knowledge about what plastics can be recycled and how to properly recycle them, consumers can make an enormous difference in reducing the amount of waste they send to landfills.
The Benefits of Recycling
I’ve found that consumers, governments and businesses are as interested in recycling today as they were at the time of the first Earth Day when I first started Resource Recycling. The benefits of recycling are enormous—recycling saves raw materials and energy, as well as reduces air, water and land pollution.
For consumers who are interested in expanding recycling options in their communities, I recommend that they get active. Contact your local government, store managers, and business leaders to encourage the installation of plastic recycling bins in their facilities, if they aren’t already available.
Understanding the Importance of Recycling
Ultimately, consumers should look at their own households to make the most significant reduction in waste. By doing simple things, like using a reusable coffee cup, or starting a backyard compost for lawn clippings, consumers can do easy and practical things to reduce their own impact on the environment. Most importantly, instilling these values in your children and grandchildren will ensure that these good habits will carry on from generation to generation.
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