Recycling Saves Money! Massachusetts throws away 1.5 million tons of
paper every year. If we recycled HALF of this paper, we would
save nearly $52 million in disposal costs!
Recycling Means Jobs! 19,000 people are employed at 1,400 recycling
businesses and organizations in Massachusetts. These businesses
have an annual payroll of $557 million and produce $3.5 billion
in sales receipts.
Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gases! Recycling helps Massachusetts residents
reduce the equivalent of 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide
annually. That's like taking 1.6 million passenger cars off the
road for a year.
Recycling Conserves Energy! Recycling in Massachusetts saves over
85 trillion BTUs of energy annually, enough to power 820,292
homes for one year.
Recycling Save Resources! Massachusetts recycled enough paper last year
to prevent the cutting of nearly 17 million trees.
recycling conserves precious resources, supports local business, protects
our fragile encironment and saves YOU money!
paper and cardboard are turned into cereal and cracker boxes, book covers and game
boards at recycling paper mills in Fitchburg and Haverhill, Massachusetts.
glass bottles and jars are melted and used to make new containers at facilities such
as St. Gobain Containers in Milford, Massachusetts.
plastic soda bottles become fiberfill for jackets and sleeping bags,
or polar fleece made by Malden Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
milk jugs, detergent bottles, and other #2 plastics become landscaping
and whiskey barrel planters made by Smartware Products in Leominster,
Massachusetts currently has seven processing facilities that
sort and bale 500,000 tons of recyclables annually. After processing,
your recycables become part of the recycling marketplace.