Recycling - It Makes Good Sense!

The City of Portage Environmental Board encourages all Portage residents to take advantage of the Curbside Recycling program.  Recycling makes good sense for a number of reasons.  According to the National Recycling Coalition, it makes good sense economically because:

  • Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling and incineration programs.
  • The more people who recycle, the cheaper the program is to run.
  • Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
  • Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs.  For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
  • Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.

It’s also the right thing to do for the environment:

  • Every ton of recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.  Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
  • It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
  • It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.  Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper saves 40%, recycled plastics saves 70% and recycled glass saves 40%.  These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.
  • Every bit of recycling makes a difference.  For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal and limestone.

In 2016, the City of Portage implemented a single-stream recycling program, making it unnecessary for residents to sort recyclable materials.  The single-stream recycling program allows residents to mix all acceptable recyclables in one cart − no sorting!  A wheeled cart replaced the 18-gallon bin.  Collection occurs every other week on the same day of garbage collection.  Upon request, a recycling container will be dropped off at your residence free of charge.  Two sizes are available (96 gallon or 64 gallon).

Click here to sign up for the Curbside Recycling Program.