Myth #1: A single person can’t make much of a difference recycling.
The reality is that just one person can truly make a difference when he or she recycles regularly. According to environmental researchers, the average American uses 7 trees a year in paper and other products produced from trees. Plus, if you recycle consistently, you can save 25,000 cans in your lifetime from going into a landfill. Thinking twice before you throw something out can really compound the benefits of recycling over the long term.
Myth #2: It takes a long time for recycled materials to be processed and turned into new products.
Recycling efforts have become a focal point for local communities today to reduce our carbon footprint. Recycling organizations are committed to process improvement and decreasing turnaround times for materials as much as possible. Today, a recycled aluminum can finds its way back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days.
Myth #3: There’s no need to recycle biodegradable products.
Just because something is biodegradable doesn’t mean you should automatically throw it in the trash. Even biodegradable materials emit greenhouse gases while decomposing in our landfills. Your best bet is to always recycle or compost biodegradables.
Myth #4: Recycling efforts result in little impact overall.
Recycling impacts both our economy and environment in meaningful ways every day. Recycling decreases toxic pollution, saves our ecosystems, conserves finite natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling also creates jobs, supports local governments with billions in taxes, and reduces the expenses associated with trash disposal. In the United States alone, recycling supports 757,000 American jobs.
Myth #5: You can’t recycle old electronics, and if you can, the process isn’t easy.
Recycling electronics in our digital world is easier than ever and doing so is crucial for our environment. Old, broken, and unusable electronics can leech incredibly toxic compounds into our groundwater sources while decaying in landfills and present serious environmental hazards for plants and wildlife. While you can’t throw your old electronics into your plastics recycling collection, you can easily have them collected by Ever Green Environmental or drop them off at a local electronics retailer such as Best Buy or Staples.
Support a Better Tomorrow with Ever Green Environmental
Unless your organization produces zero waste, there’s always room for improvement. With Ever Green Environmental, making sustainable, eco-friendly changes are easy. We offer a wide variety of services for organization of all sizes, including single stream recycling and e-waste recycling. We have over 25 years of experience serving businesses of all types in the North Carolina and South Carolina areas. To find out how we can assist your organization in becoming more environmentally-friendly, contact us now at 864.230.9800 or use our online contact form.