Recycling creates a more resilient economy for local businesses and residents, provides opportunities for innovation and creates a brighter, safer future for all of us, including our kids.
Recycling conserves natural resources like timber and minerals and reduces the amount of energy required to create goods. More efficient processes help to also reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to adverse health impacts from air pollution and human-caused climate change.
Recycling also creates well-paying jobs in recycling and manufacturing industries.
In 2016, over 70% of landfilled materials in Franklin County could have been recycled and had a potential value of $41 million. On average, 500-600 full semi-trucks of materials are landfilled a day in Franklin County with over half of this coming from the commercial sector (businesses and multi-family housing). That means almost 400 full trucks worth of material could have been recycled.