In 2013, City of Pharr residents recycled 84,2829 tons of metal, tin, glass, plastic, cardboard, and paper.
Recycling benefits both the environment and the economy. The next time you recycle your plastic bottle, aluminum can, carton, or newspaper, remember how you are part of the solution.
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process conserves energy, saves natural resources, and reduces pollution.
Using recycled materials as raw materials to make new products saves a significant amount of energy. Here’s how much these materials save compared to counterparts.
- Recycled newspaper uses 40% less energy.
- Recycled glass uses 40% less energy.
- Recycled steel uses 60% less energy.
- Recycled plastic uses 70% less energy.
- Recycled aluminum uses 95% less energy.
Saves Natural Resources
Using recycled materials means we log fewer forests, mine fewer metals, and drill less oil.
- Every ton of newspaper or mixed paper recycled saves the equivalent of 12 trees.
- Every ton of office paper recycled saves the equivalent of 24 trees.
- Every ton of steel recycled conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions by removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.