Why it’s Important to Celebrate America Recycles Day
Nov 15, 2019
At Ex-Cell Kaiser, we are committed to protecting the environment and natural resources. That’s why we want to highlight America Recycles Day (a Keep America Beautiful initiative), which has been dedicated to raising awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.
According to Recycle Across America, when done properly, recycling is the #1 action that humans can take to improve our existence on this planet. Recycling conserves water, energy and other natural resources, prevents waste from going into oceans, mitigates climate change, protects human health, creates jobs and helps businesses save money. Not only is recycling imperative for our environment, it can also greatly impact our economy. The EPA released significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study in 2016. This study analyzes the numbers of jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to recycling. The study found that in a single year, recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for:
• 757,000 jobs (Recycling generates 7-10 more jobs than landfills and waste-to-energy plants)
• $36.6 billion in wages; and
• $6.7 billion in tax revenues
This equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,000 in wages, and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.
But it’s not just about recycling; it’s about recycling the RIGHT way. In America, up to 25% of items in your home recycling bins actually belong in the trash. Often, these small mix-ups contaminate loads of clean, recyclable material and cause challenges at the recycling processing plant. So, how can you do your part? With Ex-Cell’s array of recycling receptacles, you can separate different recyclable materials into its own compartment - bottles, cans, plastic, paper, PLUS compostables/organics - or simply separate trash from recycling. Facilities are putting their best foot forward when it comes to being green and Ex-Cell has a wide variety of recycling receptacles to support those programs for schools, hotels, resorts, offices, restaurants, park districts, and so much more.
We make sure to keep up-to-date with guidelines and initiatives for recycling no matter if it’s for indoor or outdoor, an industrial factory or a 5-star resort; Ex-Cell has the products to match the look and feel for your facility. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Almost all of our products can be personalized to fit your exact needs.