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Waste management in Atlanta has always been a tricky process; many seemingly unusable trash items are stored in landfills, but landfills are running out of room and the rate of waste disposal is not slowing down to nearly a sufficient degree. Fortunately, recycling has been a saving grace and a prominent method of diverting waste away from landfills. Here is a quick look at just a few amazing facts about recycling.

Recycling can make a significant impact on society’s ability to preserve the environment and make the most of garbage. Fortunately, the recycling process is simple. A task as easy as throwing aluminum cans away in a special bin can prevent these reusable resources from finding their way into the depths of landfills, never to be seen again. Billions of dollars worth of aluminum has been landfilled instead of working its way back into the market to be reused and repurposed. In addition to small items like aluminum cans, larger materials and pieces of machinery can provide a substantial return when they are scrapped. Tires and oil can both be salvaged off of and out of junkyard cars to be returned to the market.