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How Recycling Plastic Helps the Environment

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With recycling programs becoming mainstream throughout local and national communities, the need for consumer education also increases. There are several main benefits of recycling plastic, including waste reduction and resource preservation. Armed with current information, today’s consumers are making purchasing and waste disposal decisions based on environmental concerns and preserving natural beauty for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

With the advent of the disposable water bottle, Americans individually began to discard larger amounts of plastic per person each year. While suppliers have tried to chip away at the problem by decreasing the amount of material that goes into each bottle, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of discarded water containers still end up in local landfills and waste depositories.

Recycling used bottles is an effective way of decreasing overall waste and reducing the burden on landfills. Keeping containers of all shapes and sizes out of the waste system increases the lifespan of waste depositories and can decrease overall costs by pushing the need for new facilities into the future.

Plastic is popular for both its convenience and unbreakable nature and is used in many manufacturing and commercial applications. When recycled, it can enter the system again as a new product, reducing strain on natural resources. With up to 70 percent of the plastic products on the American market being derived from natural gas, recycling has the potential to significantly reduce natural resources consumption. Recycling is an imperative element in protecting and preserving resource stores for future generations.

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Decreasing the production of new plastic is just one of the ways recycling allows modern society to enjoy plastic responsibly. To find out more about plastic recycling, e-waste recycling and other modern solutions to waste management in Saratoga and Los Gatos, call the Ranch Town Recycling team at 408-292-3333.

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