The world’s growing population has increased the demand for materials. Recycling keeps our resources in use for as long as possible. This reduces the amount of virgin materials that need to be mined, harvested and processed, which significantly decreases energy use and environmental pollution.
Decomposition of materials in landfills produces toxic gasses and leachate that are released into our environment. According to the EPA, landfills are the second largest producer of methane emissions in the United States.
When people work together towards a common goal, it builds and strengthens communities. Creating awareness about recycling encourages community engagement through environmental issues. We speak at public events, to large and small companies, and to university groups whenever possible to educate people about the waste stream.
Some materials can be reused before they get processed for recycling. Salvaging materials uses less energy than recycling and reduces the consumption of new materials. We recover materials like furniture and lumber whenever possible and donate them to community groups who need them for their projects.
In addition to community groups, artists can also reuse materials before they get recycled. Revolution Recovery has donated space in their warehouse and materials to the local non-profit RAIR.
By some estimates, recycling creates ten times more jobs than traditional landfill disposal. The labor needed to sort and process materials creates local jobs in the green economy.
Most of the materials that are sorted at our facility are sent to local processors and manufacturers. Keeping recyclable materials in the region strengthens the local economy and reduces transportation costs and the emissions associated with them.
By recovering materials, we are able to avoid landfill tipping fees and sell commodities to recycling markets. This allows us to remain competitive while delivering a cost savings to our customers.