A Core Belief in Recycling
At Northstar, we proudly advertise that our company is founded on a core belief in recycling. We believe discarded materials have value, and it is both damaging to our planet as well as financially irresponsible for businesses to landfill reusable resources. Because our mission is to help businesses recycle more and landfill less, we wanted to share some relevant facts we found in this article, by SaveOnEnergy.com, that takes an in depth look at the history of American landfills and their negative effects.
Some key points of the article include the following:
- The average American disposes of about 4.4 pounds of waste per day.
- This equals an annual weight of trash for the entire country of approximately 254 million tons (equivalent to 1.2 million blue whales).
- There are over 2,000 active landfills across the country, and they receive approximately half the annual waste produced in the U.S.
- Landfills produce a methane gas that, while dissipating faster than CO2, is a far larger contributor to global warming than its familiar counterpart.
The Northstar team strongly believes in both the financial and ecological benefits of diverting waste from landfills for recycling. Because of this, we provide all clients with ongoing environmental impact statements to help them realize the positive impacts their recycling programs are having. This statement shows impacts such as the number of barrels of oil, trees, kilowatt hours, and gallons of water saved, as well as the number of tons of CO2 prevented.
To learn more about our core belief in recycling, or to see how your company can reduce waste to landfill and improve the impact of your waste program, contact us today.
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