Why recycle?

Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it! 

When we convert old and waste products into something new, we are saving resources and sending less trash to the landfills. When we recycle: It reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills and incinerators. We conserve our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. The levels of pollution are reduced because we don’t need to collect new raw materials for the things we need. It saves energy. The greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change are reduced. We are helping to protect the environment for future generations. New well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States are created building a “green collar” industry that protects the environment and sustains workers and their families.

When the average person looks at their recycling bins, they don’t see a $117 billion dollar industry or make the connection that the simple act of sorting plastic, cardboard, paper and cans supports over 500,000 jobs in the US, which in turn sustains many other local businesses and services that communities rely on.

In a recent report published by the Institute if Scrap Recycling Industries, recycling in the City of Manassas has created 347 jobs and provides an estimated $80 million to our local economy.

The economic impact does not end there. The City pays $60 for every ton of trash that we send to landfill. In 2017, City residents generated 12,786 tons of trash. The cost of disposal was just over $767 thousand. As part of our contract with American Disposal Services, the cost of disposing our recyclable materials is $0

If you don’t believe there is a value to recycling, think again. When you don’t recycle – you pay.

You can make a difference and support your friends and neighbors just by following three simple rules for curbside recycling:

  • Only recycle empty hard plastics, metal cans, paper and cardboard.
  • Rinse cans, jars and bottles before you put them in your cart or bin. 
  • Do not put plastic trash or shopping bags in your recycling cart.

The City of Manassas is working in partnership with our contractors and other regional jurisdictions to develop policies and outreach information for residents that clearly explains recycling requirements and improves public understanding of the economic and environmental consequences of recycling contamination.

The City of Manassas is working to clean up household recycling because throwing it all away – just doesn’t make sense.

For more information call: (703) 257-8256 or visit www.manassascity.org/trash

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Q: What do I need to do with trash and recycling when we have snow or bad weather?
Q: Why recycle?
Q: What is single stream recycling?
Q: Will the trash schedule change for the holidays?
Q: When is the next computer/TV drop-off scheduled?
Q: Does the City collect televisions and computer monitors at the curb?
Q: Does the City provide for a large item or bulk waste collection?
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about trash, recycling, yard waste or hard to dispose of items?
Q: What is the Courtesy Truck?
Q: Does the City have places to recycle cardboard?
Q: Is there another place in the City that accepts recyclables?
Q: I use the codes on my plastic to recycle. What numbers does the City take?
Q: Why doesn't the City accept Styrofoam in recycling?
Q: Why can't plastic bags and plastic film be collected with recycling?
Q: My trash, yard waste or recycling keeps getting missed ...