Recycling is important to the economy, and the environment
By now you have probably heard about the Going Green movement. This movement encompasses everything from keeping our water, air, and land clean to using our natural resources wisely, to recycling and reducing pollution. More and more products are being made with recycled materials, and companies are becoming more aware of eco-friendly methods.
With every new day strides are being made, laws are being passed and ideas are being generated that deal with environmentalism, and here at The State Paper & Metal Company, we genuinely want to provide a more eco-friendly workplace, and incorporate it into our business mission and practice.
Why Does SP&M Buy Paper For Recycling?
Saves Natural Resources
By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil, dig for minerals, and cut down trees. Each 20 cases of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 390 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 4100 kwh of energy. It also eliminates 60 pounds of air-polluting emissions and saves 8 cubic feet of landfill space. That's a BIG benefit to receive for simply reusing a product that you use now!
It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; recycled aluminum, for example, takes 95% less energy than new aluminum from bauxite ore.
Saves Clean Air and Water
In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.
Saves Landfill Space
When the materials that you recycle go into new products, they don't go into landfills or incinerators, so landfill space is conserved.
Saves Money and Creates Jobs
The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.
Recycling Computers and Electronics for a Better Environment!
Many computers, monitors, TV's and electronics are discarded, thrown away, hidden away in closets, garages, basements, etc. In 1999 the RAND Corporation prepared a report for the White House office of Technology and stated "1,000,000 computers a month were going into landfills". In 2002 at the EPR2 conference in Washington D.C., the E.P.A. estimated that 2,000,000 computers per month were going into landfills. Today, over 10,000,000 computers per month in the U.S.A. are taken out-of-service.