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June Recyling Tip: Recycling and Climate Change

Recycling isn’t a remedy for the world’s problems, but recycling can be an investment in the future, and a statement. And if it is just as easy to put something in a recycling bin as put it in a trash can, why not?

Since it cuts waste and reduces the consumption of resources, recycling can actually have significant positive impacts. Let’s take a closer look at one of those impacts: Reducing climate change.

  • Most scientists agree that the earth’s climate is changing, and that humans are at least partly responsible. One main role recycling can play is that it reduces energy consumption, which helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and climate change.
  • Using recycled materials to make new products reduces the need for “virgin” materials such as aluminum.  When companies don’t have to extract or mine those virgin materials, it can really help slash greenhouse gas emissions. If companies make products such as toilet paper or office paper from recycled materials it typically requires less energy than making products from virgin materials.
  • What’s even better than recycling? Using less stuff in the first place. If you can reduce consumption of products and packaging, or choose reused items, you will make an even larger contribution to the battle against climate change.
  • Maybe climate change seems too abstract, or you’re skeptical about it. Well, recycling, reducing and reusing all have plenty of other advantages. By producing less waste, you can often reduce your garbage collection bill, and you help extend the life of King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. Reducing and reusing can also save you money. For example, you can buy used clothes, furniture, books and many other items at thrift and consignment stores or online.

We can win the fight against waste. And the same goes for climate change. For lots more information and background, visit King County’s website, “Climate Change and Solid Waste,” at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/climate.

Information provided by Tom Watson in the King County Solid Waste Division and the City of Auburn Solid Waste & Recycling Division.