Why Recycle?

Unnecessary waste threatens our nation’s future

In the US, every year 22 million tons of household recyclables go to landfills, become litter, and pollute our waters.

While packaging plays a key role in keeping products safe and transportable, it too often is discarded when it could be used again. Recycling protects resources from depletion, allows communities to manage the amount of trash they have to handle, and protects the environment by saving water and greenhouse gases. In America, our capture rate of household recycables is about 50 percent. Those recyclables that escape translate to $1.8 billion lost in addition to the wasted water, and energy.

Most Americans don’t realize how much recyclables they throw out when they could be recycled.

New PSAs remind Americans “It’s All You” by highlighting the many ways that paper and packaging are a part of life and the loss of resources when it goes unrecycled. The campaign features tips to recycle right and easy ways to pledge and share support.

The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit, provides grants, tools and data for communities and companies all across the US. With the support of responsible individuals, governments, businesses, and the media – we are making an impact.

© 2019 The Recycling Partnership

COMMUNITIES FOR RECYCLING is a national initiative seeking to raise public awareness about recycling because we are all in this bin together. The more we know about what and how to recycle, the healthier our neighborhoods, our communities, and our planet.