Environment

LandfillDid you know that difficult-to-recycle wastes are generated in HUGE quantities all across our land?

For example, there are close to 25,000,000 mattresses and 25,000,000 box springs manufactured in the United States each year. Of those, 70% are purchased to replace an old unit with 25% of the replaced units being discarded.

The bottom line - close to 4,500,000 mattresses and 4,500,000 box springs are destined for the landfill or incinerator each and every year in the U.S. That amounts to over 250,000,000 pounds of mattresses alone! In more visual terms, that's enough mattresses and boxsprings to fill over 45,000 tractor trailers, which if placed end to end would stretch out over 680 miles!

Whether it's a major mattress swap out at a college, hotel or military dormitory or the ongoing piles of carpet and foams generated during renovation projects, the massive volume of difficult-to-recycle materials is astounding.

Nationwide Recycling was founded to recycle these "difficult-to-recycle" wastes and solve these issues once and for all.

After all, why burn or bury all that material in the ground when it can be recycled instead?

The truth about landfills is that waste, once-dumped, compacted and buried, becomes entombed. It does not degrade or disappear over time. It just sits there. And if the landfill is old and/or poorly designed, the waste may partially degrade and allow contamination to leach into the ground polluting the surrounding environment and aquifers.

Studies show, landfilling difficult-to-recycle materials results in:

  • Lost Landfill Revenue
  • Shortened Landfill Lifespan, requiring new landfills to built
  • Major Operational Issues
  • Failure to meet recycling rules and regulations.

Recycling on the other hand ensures that the material is processed and put back to a higher use for years to come.

There are several environmental benefits due to recycling:

  • Extended landfill life
  • Reduced pollution associated with extraction of virgin materials, e.g. pulpwood
  • Spared resources for future use

One of the principal reasons Americans recycle is because America's landfills are filling up at a rate of about 100 million tons per year and it is extremely hard to site new ones due to the "Not In My Backyard" (NIMBY) syndrome. Diverting trash from landfill disposal through recycling efforts does prolong the life of existing landfills and delay the need to open new ones.

One way of estimating the environmental benefits of recycling is to calculate the reduction in energy required to manufacture products using recycled feedstock compared to virgin feedstock. Since energy production has significant environmental impacts, reduction in energy needed translates into environmental benefits, including reduced pollution. A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council points out that since energy use causes a large part of the total environmental impact engendered by virgin material based-production, the lower energy use of production facilities employing recycled materials suggests that they emit fewer pollutants, including greenhouse gases.

According to NRDC, here are some of the reductions potentially available by using recycled materials to make things:

Product Reduction in Energy Needed
Aluminium 94%
Plastic (3 grades) 70-80%
Steel 60%
Newsprint 40%
Glass 40%
Linerboard 20%

According to these figures, recycling metals, paper, glass and plastics, i.e. the constituent parts of many difficult-to-recycle materials, has significant environmental impact.

For all of these reasons, recycling difficult-t0-recycle materials makes environmental sense. Combined with the very real cost savings, recycling with Nationwide Recycling adds up to a Win, Win!

Customer Satisfaction

To ensure customer satisfaction, Nationwide Recycling sends a Field Representative to each job site to confirm that the difficult-to-recycle material removal and loading is proceeding smoothly.

The Field Representative also performs a basic inspection of the items being placed in our truck or trailer. This enables us, based upon the type and size of the items on board, to send the material to the appropriate Nationwide Recycling destination facility for reprocessing and recycling.

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