Welcome to Midwest Fiber Recycling. Since 1990, we have been Central Illinois’ leader in full-service recycling options. We are devoted to finding creative and innovative solutions to our clients’ business recycling needs. We hope this resource center answers all your questions about recycling, its importance, and its value to both your company and our environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average (across different products and industries) recycling rate to be 32.5 percent. What happens to the remaining non-recycled waste? According to the EPA, 12.5 percent is burned in incineration facilities (spewing hazardous emissions to the atmosphere) while the remaining 55 percent (well over half of the estimated 251 million tons of solid waste produced in a year) is deposited in landfills across the country. Clearly, there is a room for recycling to grow in this country.
Well-designed programs save money. Communities have many options available to make their programs more cost-effective, including maximizing their recycling rates, implementing pay-as-you-throw programs, and including incentives in waste management contracts that encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.