Why Recycle?

Recycling Conserves ResourcesRECYCLING CONSERVES RESOURCES: When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the Earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling Saves EnergyRECYCLING SAVES ENERGY: Using recycled products in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs, like transport. Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport, and process raw materials ready for industry comparted with providing industry – ready materials.

Recycling Protects the EnvironmentRECYCLING PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT: Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining, and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.

Recycling Reduces LandfillRECYCLING REDUCES LANDFILL: When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of garbage sent to landfills sites for disposal decreases.

Recycling is the right thing to doRECYCLING IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO: The 1989 Waste Reduction & Recycling Act put recycling into motion in Iowa by requiring all cities and counties to develop recycling infrastructure and programs to reduce waste going to landfills. West Central members began recycling in 1990 and have expanded programs ever since. Since then, over 139,000 tons have been collected, processed, and sent to manufactures to be made into new products.