The Benefits of Recycling The United States Census Bureau estimates there are roughly 330,219,550 people in between our borders. And we produce a lot of trash: Amazon shipping boxes, carryout food-and-service containers, and disposable masks are just some of the items that you have probably thrown away in the last 24 hours. While it was always conceptually practical for people to reuse items until they’ve expired, a national environmental movement to preserve commodities, goods, and materials didn’t start until World War II in the 1940s. Now The Recycling Partnership estimates that nearly $400 million is being invested across the country for initiatives that could produce up to 700 million pounds of ‘scrap plastics’ in 2020. Below are just a few of the benefits of recycling and environmental preservation. See how you can make a difference today!