Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. This generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally.
One of the biggest problems about landfills is that they're running out at a rate of one a day. Through recycling we can reduce the need for landfilling and incineration of waste.
Furthermore recycling protects and expands US manufacturing jobs and increases US competitiveness by preventing pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from materials. We can also decrease the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change and conserve natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. We can also save energy by recycling. Did you know that a 60-watt light bulb would run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel? In one year in the United States, recycling steel could save enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!
All of these reasons will help us sustain the environment for future generations.