Creates Jobs

Recycling is more labor intense than landfill management, requiring more workers to sort and process recyclable waste. This can revitalize rural areas where landfills are often located, bringing needed jobs to the region. These manual skill jobs are particularly beneficial in areas that were once manufacturing centers.

Reduce the Size of Landfills

Landfill size can be drastically reduced with an aggressive recycling program. Reducing landfill size not only leaves more land for other uses, but also minimizes the amount of energy required to remove and eventually relocate trash.
When considering the size of landfills, also take into account the washed area around the landfill. Land adjacent to landfills is often only for industrial sites. Air pollution makes it even less likely that nearby land can be used for other purposes.

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