Why should I recycle?

Recycling saves natural resources. The national recycling rate of 30% saves the equivalent of more than 5 million gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels. Paper recycling saves up to 70% of the energy needed to create paper from new timber. Aluminum recycling saves up to 95% of the energy required to make new aluminum from raw ore (equivalent to filling the can 2/3 full of gasoline). Recycled paper uses 80% less water and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production. Landfills last longer when recyclables are being diverted. Recycling creates far more jobs than do landfills or incinerators.

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1. When is my recycling picked up?
2. What items cannot be recycled?
3. Why aren't we sorting, removing caps and labels, and washing containers?
4. Who is going to do all the work of sorting the materials?
5. What is an MRF and where is the nearest one?
6. Why should I recycle?
7. With all the land around us, why do we need to recycle? We could keep building landfills forever.
8. If I have more questions about recycling who should I contact?