Recycling

Green Design

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.

Why recycle?

Green Design

  • 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.