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Why Recycle?


What is recycling?

recycle symbol“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is the mantra we hear every time there’s a discussion about recycling. Reducing waste means not only to reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfills, but it also means decreasing the amount of dangerous chemicals that seep into the soil and pollute the air due to improper waste disposal. Reuse is extending the usage of most of the items we have by reusing. And, as represented by the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle icon, we must make recycling part of our everyday lifestyles.

Why is recycling important?

It’s important to recycle to help protect our environment. According to the EPA, approximately 35 percent of the municipal solid waste is made up of paper and paperboard products. And, paper is the most recyclable.
There’s no reason to throw trash into the landfills when it can just as easily be placed in a bin for recycling. And, what business owner doesn’t want to be able to tout his or her operation as “green.” Everyone is jumping on this environmental bandwagon because it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

Recycling conserves resources, prevents emissions, saves energy, supplies valuable raw material to industry, creates jobs, and reduces the need for more landfill space!

Recycling not only saves your business money, it might very well make money for your company! Depending on the type of business you have and the scrap materials your operation produces, you may be able to be paid for some of your refuse!

Midwest Fiber Recycling is central Illinois’ largest full-service recycler and specializes in helping customers reduce waste costs, increase efficiencies, and maximize dollars earned on their recyclable materials.


Why should business owners give thought to going “green?”

There are several reasons, but the most significant is preserving our world’s resources. It is the responsibility of all of us individually, but business owners can have a larger impact.

Not only is it the right thing to do for our environment’s sake, but greening your business can be beneficial because:


  • It presents a good example for employees and the community
  • It offers a better, clean workplace
  • It may offer a competitive advantage
  • It will improve efficiencies and lower operating costs


The following are some “go green” tips for today’s business owners:


Recycling smart: Review what your business consumes and methods to reduce, reuse, and recycle. C.O.P.S. affiliate, Midwest Fiber Recycling can help assess your company’s recycling processes. Learn More

Research: Do your homework. Learn what steps your company can take to make “green” a way of business.

Go hybrid: If you company has fleet vehicles, consider hybrid cars or other modes of more energy-efficient transportation.


For more information, call 1-866-4-A-SHRED.



Mining is the world's most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining.