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The state of recycling is garbage

As landfills become mountains of trash, recycling has become more popular to environmentally conscious people. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, and reducing the need to collect new raw materials. Recycling also has an impact on the economy, supporting American manufacturing, saving energy because it uses less energy to recycle than to make something from raw materials, and helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

In a study conducted in 2016, the EPA found that in a single year, recycling and reuse activities in the US accounted for 757,000 jobs, $36.6 billion in wages, and $6.7 billion in tax revenues. This equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,000 in wages, and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.


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