How does recycling save energy?

Harvesting, extracting, and processing the raw materials used to manufacture new products is an energy-intensive activity. Reducing or nearly eliminating the need for these processes, therefore, achieves huge savings in energy. Recycling aluminum cans, for example, saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40% of the energy needed to make products from raw materials. The amount of energy saved differs by material, but almost all recycling processes achieve significant energy savings compared to production using virgin materials.


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1. What do I do with styrofoam?
2. What time will my trash and recycling be picked up?
3. What do I do with wire hangers?
4. Where can I dispose of latex paint?
5. Where do our recyclables go?
6. What happens to the materials that aren’t recyclable? Don’t they just get recycled anyway?
7. What effects do waste prevention and recycling have on global warming?
8. How does recycling save energy?
9. Where does my trash go?
10. Are pizza boxes recyclable?
11. Do I need to clean my containers?
12. Why can't I put my recyclables in a plastic bag to be put out on the curb?
13. What can I do with plastic bags?
14. What can I do with bubble wrap?