I found this blurb regarding the importance of recycling.
Wikihow says "Everyone knows it's better to recycle an item than to throw it away. It's good for the environment, rewarding, and, in some areas, can earn you spare change. Recycling helps cut domestic waste that would otherwise be buried in landfills and provides a steady supply of pre-used materials that can be transformed into new, practical objects we use every day. Recycling is beneficial to the environment and to us. "