Why We Recycle.
It saves money.
Almost every trash disposal bill can be reduced by recycling more. For our entire community, this is an important economic consideration. Trash disposal costs are a drain on our local purchasing power, while recycling can generate new revenue from sales of recyclable commodities.
It saves resources and energy.
For every ton of paper we recycle, about 17 trees are saved that would otherwise be cut for paper pulp. Other resources that are saved include 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, and enough electricity to power the average home for six months.
By recycling a single aluminum can, enough electricity is saved to run a TV for six hours.
By recycling a single glass bottle, enough electricity is saved to operate a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours.
It saves landfill space.
A landfill is space which we have destroyed for almost any future use except storing garbage. The less trash we put in landfills, the more land is available for future generations.
It's the law.
To protect our environment, the State of California requires each city and County to recycle 50% of all solid waste by the year 2000. Reaching this goal requires the support of all households and businesses. For more information, call the Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority at 468-9710.
If you're not recycling, you're throwing it all away.