At Grady Pridgen, Inc. we know that recycling meets the needs of the community and the environment by eliminating waste from landfills. There are many ways to encourage recycling. In Europe, a manufacturer of a product that cannot be recycled, re-used or composted is required to take the used product back from the consumer. This forces manufacturers to create recyclable materials.
But the larger goal is to make recycling a normal part of everyday life.
A University of Florida study documented that as far back as 1997, Florida could eliminate 50 percent of its garbage from landfills through composting and re-use. But Florida, unlike most cities throughout the United States, continues to hold on to more traditional means of waste disposal.
Change is coming, though. For instance, Sarasota, a Florida leader in sustainability practices, has two certified recycling facilities.
Create jobs — The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills.
It Saves Natural Resources — by making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve and reduce the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals.
It Saves Energy — It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; recycled aluminum, for example, takes less energy than new aluminum from bauxite ore.
It Saves Clean Air and Water — In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.
It Saves Landfill Space — When the materials that you recycle go into new products, they don’t go into landfills or incinerators, so landfill space is conserved.
It Saves Money — Recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.