Can our civilization grow
and prosper with our limited resources being depleted? Will our
children have enough clean air, water and land to live with? The
answer is simple: the world would be jammed with abandoned"useless"
materials instead of trees without the complete recycling loop.
Currently, the United States is No.1 developed country and waste
maker in the world. In 2000, Americans produced around 200 million
tons* of municipal solid waste, an amount sufficient to cover an
area of 600 square miles 10 feet deep in trash, and the amount is
increasing continuously. Scrap processing and recycling contribute
significantly to a better environment and a brighter future. The
United States is recycling approximately 11 percent of its discards,
incinerating 13 percent of them for energy recovery, and disposing
of the remainder in landfills.* Researchers, including the EPA,
agree that 25 percent of municipal solid waste can be realistically
recycled. In the rest of the world,especially the developing countries,
the percentage of waste reusing is much lower. In China, the domestic
recovery rate for papers is only 33%, well below the global average
In addition to giving the next generation a livable
planet, recycling conserves natural resources around the globe.
Experts agree that recycling can reduce the amount of solid waste
by 25% and saving up to 95% of energy costs.* Compared to producing
a ton of paper from virgin wood pulp, recycled paper uses half the
energy and half the water, results in 74 percent less air pollution
and 35 percent less water pollution. Commercial recycled materials
include paper, aluminum, iron & steel , copper, lead, Zinc,
plastic and glass. The following table notes typical energy savings
achieved from recycling common scrap materials compared with virgin
|Iron and Steel
Recycling must have a future, in the United States and throughout
the world. We can not afford, then, not to recycle. It's where tomorrow
begins, where Ocean Capital Inc. (OCI) begins. Ocean Capital Inc.
(OCI) provides complete services and products for the scrap processing,
recycling industry. To get more information about Ocean Capital
Inc.(OCI), refer to About us.
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