Why Recycle

Help protect the environment and support economic growth by recycling at home.

Economic Impact

Recycling Creates Jobs

The recycling industry creates local jobs within recycling processing centers and within recycling-based manufacturers.

Recycled Materials are Valuable

When we throw recyclable materials into the trash, we are throwing away money. A 2016 study by the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum showed West Michigan could return $368 million to our local economy by capturing and exporting these materials.

Environmental Impact

Recycling Reduces Energy Use

For common packaging products, it requires more energy to extract and process a natural resource into a new product than it does to recycle existing items back into raw materials. Reduced energy use means we can reduce the environmental impact of extracting fossil fuels from the Earth.

Recycling Reduces Pollution

By reducing energy consumption, we can further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact from fossil fuel extraction. What’s more, when we value and care for recyclables as raw materials, we reduce the chances of them ending up on roadsides, waterways and oceans.

Materials Management:
From Linear to Circular

A circular economy utilizes resources to their fullest potential through continual use instead of single-use and disposal. By reusing and/or remanufacturing, and then recycling products back to a raw material, we can extend the usable life of natural resources significantly. This cuts down on waste at all levels.

Benefits of moving toward a circular economy


  • Reduced landfill contributions
  • Reduced energy for extraction and processing of raw materials
  • Reduced pollution
  • Reduced cost of raw materials


  • New industry and job growth
  • Retained value in economy
  • Extended use for natural resources
  • Increased security for raw material availability

How to Recycle

See how to recycle effectively and make a difference in our community.