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The Hidden Cost of Landfilling vs. Recycling

Recently, some  have suggested that disposing of materials in landfills is a better option than recycling and that we don’t really have a waste problem at all. We disagree.   

Why Landfills Are Not the Answer 

Here’s why we can’t just landfill our way out of the vast consumption and disposal of materials.   

We Have a Waste Problem

We make waste at a rate of 4.9 pounds per person each day And we can only address this problem with a combination of solutions, including reducing, reusing, and recycling. Recycling is not a license to make and produce more, and it is not the panacea to our waste problem, But here’s why we know it’s a better option than landfills:

Recycling has a long way to go to live up to its full potential (see our 5-Point Plan to Fix Recycling) but instead of resigning ourselves to a future of more landfills, we can choose a more positive  future by putting valuable recyclables to work for U.S. communities and families, while helping cool the planet, and protecting American landscapes and jobs.