6.2.5 Benefits of recycling

The benefits of recycling can be grouped in several categories:

A) Economical benefits:

  • ease the demand for resources
  • reduce the production costs
  • reduce the transportation costs
  • save input materials cost etc.

B) Environmental benefits:

  • bring conservation of natural resources
  • minimise waste
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce toxic gases emissions
  • save energy
  • divert waste materials from landfills etc.

C) Manufacturing benefits:

  • reduce the need for virgin materials
  • reduce energy  and water consumption
  • bring waste stream segregation
  • lead to material handling improvements