Recycling is the cornerstone for sustainability. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. The increasing global population and current rate in which we consume natural resources to create new products cannot be sustained without recycling.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling is the most important part of the answer to the question of living sustainably. Instead of throwing away recyclable materials that still hold value, through recycling we can recover these resources and continue to maximize the value of our waste. It is up to each person to make the decision to recycle and every one can make an impact. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment.
Every year, Americans trash over 180 BILLION tons of recyclable materials totaling $6.4 billion, 540 billion cubic yards of landfill space and $12 billion in lost energy! Each person generates nearly 6 pounds of garbage a day!
Commonly Recycled Items
The opportunity exists in Manatee County to recycle many different varieties of products. Learn more about the Manatee County Recycling Program. In addition to the traditional types of materials (paper, plastic, cardboard, glass and metals) we offer programs to recycle the following items:
- Yard Waste
- Appliances (White Goods)
- Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
- Electronics (E-Scrap)
- Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D)
Benefits of Recycling
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
- Conserves natural resources such as wood, water, and minerals;
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
- Saves energy and electricity compared to manufacturing with raw materials;
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
- Helps create new jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.
Florida's 75% Recycling by 2020 Goal
In 2008, the Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7135 which created Section 403.7032, Florida Statutes. This established a new statewide recycling goal of 75% to be achieved by the year 2020.
- Recycle 75% of all materials, with only 25% going into landfills before end of 2020.
- Manatee County currently at 51% (2014 data)
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Report