Closing the loop on recycling saves money and the environment

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A growing number of savvy businesses and governments recognise that diligent recycling coupled with buying and using products coming out the other end of the recycling loop can save money and helps the environment. By Isaac Rudik at Compliance Solutions Canada – A Nimonik Affiliate

For most people, thoughts of recycling start and stop with wheeling a bin full of crumpled cans, empty bottles and disgusting old pizza cartons to the curb. Once the city truck collects the contents, recycling is pretty much out of sight and out of mind until the next pick-up. Few wonder or give any notice to what happens to the discards after the truck rumbles around the corner.

Yet a growing number of savvy businesses, government agencies and other organisations are starting to pay attention. They recognise that diligent recycling of industrial wastes coupled with buying and using products coming out the other end of the recycling loop saves serious money as well as seriously helps the environment.

Indeed, it’s amazing how a little recycling can have a major impact:

  • One recycled can saves enough energy to power a TV set for three hours, about how long the average household watches the tube every day.
  • One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for three hours – maybe a lamp in the room where the TV is on for those three hours.
  • One recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to run a computer 25 minutes.
  • Roughly 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared to making it new.

Crucially for anybody concerned about holding down costs, recycling can be a real money saver. If anyone knows how to control expenses, it’s Wal-Mart. By instituting a rigorous recycling programme, Wal-Mart is eliminating the need for the equivalent of 22,000 garbage trucks. Continue reading here.