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Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling

Benefits Of Recycling

1. Saving Natural Resources & Areas

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

2. Saving Energy

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

3. Reducing Pollution

Because most energy in Alabama is generated by burning fossil fuels, using less energy leads to less water and air pollution, especially greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Recycling reduces other forms of pollution as well: runoff from mining operations, farms, soil erosion, and toxic chemicals released when raw materials are processed.

4. Conserving Landfill Space

Everything that goes into a landfill stays there, taking up space. As waste breaks down, which can take hundreds of years or longer, it releases the greenhouse gas methane and can emit many toxic pollutants into our water. Keeping recyclables out of our landfills keeps air and water cleaner, reduces the need for Alabama to build new or expand landfills, and conserves resources by putting existing materials back to good use.

5. Creating Industry & Jobs

Recycling isn't just good for the environment, it's good for business. If Alabama recycled just 10% more materials each year, the potential economic impact would equate to over 1,400 new jobs + $66 million annual personal income + $3 million annual state tax revenue.

To learn more about recycling in Alabama, please visit RecycleAL.com

Alabama Department of Environmental Management - ADEM
Alabama Environmental Council - AEC

This project was funded by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management through a grant from the Alabama Recycling Fund, and it is the result of cooperation among many partners, including the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Environmental Council, Alabama Department of Corrections, Bibb County Commission, Chilton County Commission, Chilton County Solid Waste Authority, Bibb County Schools, Bibb County Chamber of Commerce and municipalities in Bibb and Chilton counties.