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Recycling Program Facts:

  • 620 tons of material recycled
  • Avoided $27,000 in landfill fees
  • Generated $100,000 in program revenues

In terms of environmental benefits, diverting 620 tons of material from the landfill has the greenhouse gas benefit equivalent of 2,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.  In terms of more comprehensible values, this would be the similar to:

  • Taking 557 passenger vehicles off of the road for one year.
  • Forego the burning of 2.8 million pounds of coal.
  • Planting 67,000 tree seedlings (grown for a period of ten years)
  • OR, preserving 3,000 acres of forest for 1 year.  

When a material is recycled, it is used in place of virgin inputs in the manufacturing process, rather than being disposed of and managed as waste.  As a result, recycling reduces emissions in two ways: (1) recycling offsets upstream emissions associated with raw material acquisition, the manufacture and transport of virgin inputs, and (2) it allows for the carbon stored in forests to remain sequestered (when wood and paper is recycled).