- Posted by American Waste Control
- On July 31, 2018
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Over the last couple of days, we’ve been asked if incinerating recyclables provides the same benefits as placing them in a separate cart and having them processed at Mr. Murph. So we went to Mr. Murph to ask why recyclables should be separated from your trash vs. being incinerated.
First and foremost, incinerating recyclables is a one and done approach. Sure, the recyclables (with the exception of glass) left in your trash would go towards generating heat which in turns produces either steam or electricity. But this only happens one time. It would be like wearing your clothes once and then tossing them in the trash and buying new clothes instead of washing them to be worn again.
Recyclables can be reused more than once like your clothes. In fact, the very containers and bottles you have in your home can be recycled endlessly when placed in a recycling cart or bin. Even paper can be recycled several times before the fibers become too short to be used in the making of printer paper, towels, napkins or toilet paper. Much like that pair of socks with holes in them and when you put them on you say, “I can get one more wear out of them!”
Let’s face it, the things we use every day comes from the earth’s natural resources. If we use up all our natural resources now tossing recyclables in the trash, what will be the cost to us later? Making the things we use every day from natural resources takes energy – lots of it! Kind of takes me back to when I was younger when I left the back door open on a hot summer day and my father would say, “shut that door, are you trying to cool the neighborhood!”
The energy it takes to produce the things we use every day is greatly reduced when you recycle. The small effort it takes to recycle can save as much as 95% of the energy needed to produce an aluminum can or 68% less energy to produce a glass bottle or jar using raw materials. Those energy savings result in a huge reduction in the amount of pollution and greenhouse gases released into our environment. It also reduces our need for additional natural resources, if we don’t take a one and done approach to recycling.
Does anyone need a job? By placing recyclables in your recycling cart or bin, your helping create Oklahoma jobs and the manufacturing infrastructure used to make the products we buy every day. Many of those jobs are generated right here in Green Country!
Recycling creates an average of ten times more jobs then trash (per ton of material handled). Wait a minute Mr. Murph. That means for every job created at an incinerator you are creating ten recycling jobs. Yup, that is correct. Plus, for every job created at an incinerator recycling base manufacturers are creating twenty-five jobs! Holy pop bottle Mr. Murph, that is a lot of jobs when I recycle with Mr. Murph!