More recycling means less to the landfill, which means longer landfill life. Once the landfill closes, waste will need to be transferred to further landfills. The additional waste transfer process increases disposal expense by approximately 50%. Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Just one ton of recycled paper/cardboard can save 17 trees, three cubic yards of landfill space, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.
Porter Recycling TIPS:
As important as recycling is, it is also important to recycle correctly. Doing so maximizes the chance everything will be fully recycled and not be rejected during sorting and processing.
We currently do not accept #3, #4, #5, #6, or #7 plastics. This includes butter & yogurt tubs, straws, hangers, etc.
No food waste and make sure your recyclables are as clean as possible.
Please! No pizza boxes, dirty napkins, or other paper products contaminated by food waste.
Break down all cardboard boxes.
Everything is sorted by hand, so please no sharp objects.
Remember, your recycling should never smell!
DID YOU KNOW?
- According to the EPA, over 70% of what you throw away could've been recycled.
- Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but we generate 30% of the world’s garbage.
- In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash at the end of their lifetime.