The amount of household waste that is created annually in America is staggering. The average American family spends $51,000 on household expenditures every year. Many of these expenditures end up as waste in the form of empty food and drink containers, packaging, and newspapers.
Protecting Our Future With Recycling
Altogether, Americans generate 251 million tons of waste annually. Around 75% of this waste, however, is recyclable. This means that we can collectively make a meaningful and positive impact on the world if we simply recycle household waste that we would otherwise throw away.
For example, if the average person were to double the amount that he or she recycles, we would put over 71 million tons in the recycling stream that would otherwise have gone to landfill. Considering how much household waste is recyclable, this is a feat that can be easily achieved with minimal effort.
In addition to keeping useful material out of the landfill, recycling significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps over 1 million Americans employed, and generates over $236 million annually. Through recycling, we can make the world a better place for our children and future generations.
So the next time you are about to throw away an empty soda can, make sure you do the right thing and recycle it.