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Recycling in Ohio

The alternative to recycling is waste, but thatís not necessarily how it feels at the individual level.

Recycling at home or work generally involves expending additional time, space, effort and even money. Low disposal fees make throwing everything in the trash inexpensive, as well as easy. Most Ohioans are charged a flat fee for trash-hauling services, so few of us actually save money by recycling.

So it helps to consider the big picture. Recycling contributes directly to environmental, public and economic health in Ohio and beyond:

Saving natural resources and natural areas

Making products with recycled material slows the depletion of non-renewable resources such as metal, oil and natural gas, and reduces the encroachment of new mining and drilling operations. Conserving renewable resources through recycling also helps preserve undisturbed land and natural diversity by reducing the amount of land needed for agriculture and timber production.

Saving energy

It generally takes less energy to make products with recycled materials than virgin materials, often significantly less. It takes 20 times more energy to make aluminum from bauxite ore than using recycled aluminum.

Benefits of reduced energy consumption include reduced costs and reduced dependence on foreign suppliers.

Reducing pollution

Using less energy also means generating less air and water pollution, and recycling reduces other forms of pollution as well: Runoff from mining operations and farms, soil erosion and the toxic chemicals released when raw materials are processed.

Conserving landfill space

Ohio wonít run out of landfill space any time soon, as was feared when state government began pushing recycling in the 1980s, but conserving landfill space now will help put off the need to build new or expanded landfills.

Creating industry and jobs

Recycling isnít just good for the environment, itís good for business. Ohio firms are among industry leaders in research and development of recycled-content products and mechanical and chemical systems for recycling material into new products. As of 2000, almost 100,000 jobs in Ohio were directly dependent on recycling; Ohio recycling resulted in $22.5 billion in sales and an annual payroll of $3.6 billion.

Landfills and incinerators provide far fewer jobs.

Find out about Ohio recycling's fall conference
Recycling Conference
'Partners for Sustainable Development' convenes October 6-8 in Dublin, OH.

Crawford County residents can get rid of unwanted tires, appliances, scrap metal and other bulk items at no cost during the Crawford County Community Clean-Up Saturday, June 28. Appliances with freon must be taken to the Recycling Center. Other items can be taken to four special locations around the county. Call (419) 562-4039 or 562-4169 for exact locations.

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