Recycling involves collecting and processing waste products to turn them into raw materials, so they can be used to make new products. Recycling waste and using products made from recycled materials, has significant environmental benefits.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006, the US produced about 251 million tons of waste or about 4.6 pounds per person per day. In 1980, about 15 million tons of such waste was recycled. By 2006, the recycling rate had increased to 82 million tons, or about 32 percent.

For example, the steel industry’s annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year. Every time a ton of steel is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1000 pounds of coal and 40 pounds of limestone is preserved. Recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution and mining wastes by about 70%.

Enviroserv has tried to minimize and consolidate waste streams whenever possible, but today we work even harder to find re-use options for waste. In many cases Enviroserv has been able to move a waste stream from a landfill to a recycling application for the same cost.