Recycling can save companies money by reducing the cost of garbage disposal. Though some recyclers provide this service for free, even in cases where recycling service costs extra money, recycling is still cheaper per ton than garbage service.
Recycling is good for a diversified economy. For example, on a per-ton basis, for every job created at a landfill, recycling sustains 10 more jobs (PDF, external link) just through sorting alone (Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 1999). Also, recycling provides manufacturers with material to incorporate into new products. For example, paper and aluminum (PDF, external) products that are manufactured in Washington State incorporate materials that businesses and residents recycle here in King County.
The following pages provide helpful information and links to other resources that can assist your business in establishing and maintaining a recycling program.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2016