WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE?
TOP TEN REASONS
1. It is easier than you think at the Jeff Davis County Receiving Station and it is free.
2. You can reduce by half the amount of trash you have to pay to throw away.
3. The average person throws away four pounds of trash per day and most of it is recyclable paper & product packaging.
4. Americans use over 67 million tons of paper yearly or 600 lbs. per person.
5. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity‐‐enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
6. Plastics require 400 years to break down in a landfill.
7. Americans annual generation of solid waste rose from 88 million tons in 1960 to 232 million tons in 2002.
8. Solid waste disposal is the third largest municipal government expense after police protection & education.
9. Recycling all of your home waste of paper, cardboard, metal and plastic can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 850 pounds a year.
10. Our landfills in Alpine and Presidio are filling up much faster than expected. In the near future taxpayers will have to pay for the building of a new one requiring millions of tax dollars.