Recycling is Better for the Economy

It’s a fact.

Recycling Adds Greater
Economic Value than Throwing It All Away

It’s a fact: recycling creates
greater economic value than “throwing it all away.” Yet for years, we have
ignored the tremendous economic potential of recycling. Every ton of newspapers
recycled and every ton of aluminum saved from the garbage heap creates jobs,
expands manufacturing, and reduces operating costs for local businesses and
households. The California Integrated Waste Management Board estimates that
meeting the state’s 50 percent recycling goal will add $2 billion to
California’s economy and create over 45,000 new jobs over the next seven

Source: California Integrated Waste Management Board, “Meeting
the Demand: A Market Development Plan for California.” Sacramento: CIWMB. March

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