Intelligent Recycling: The Profit Potential.

The Potential For Profit. The Promise For A Better Future.

Source Industries Inc. believes that that now is the time to look at viable alternatives to traditional recycling methods. Efficient waste management has the potential to create jobs, provide long term environmental benefits, provide profits and it appears that the smart money definitely agrees. Investors are currently seeking out business opportunities that require minimal capital investments that can be purchased at sensible prices and that will deliver long term benefits to the environment for many years. Waste management and effective recycling alternatives fit the bill for businesses that have strong financial and growth potential. Consider the following information from an article recently published on streetauthority.com.

The article entitled The Largest Insider Buy of the Year. written by Andy Obermueller states:

“The company Gates started buying in January, and continued buying in 500,000-share lots through early March, was Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG). Gates had to report the holdings because he was already a 10% owner — an “insider” in Wall Street parlance — of the company. Gates started the year with 36.5 million shares. He now owns 55.4 million. Republic is a trash company, the No. 2 player in the $52 billion-a-year domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry.

The company provides garbage collection services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers through 400 companies in 40 states. It also owns 213 solid waste landfills — that is, “dumps,” — and 78 recycling facilities. Republic is a national company that basically operates on a local level.

Public companies control about 58% of the trash collection market in the United States, a segment worth some $30.1 billion. Republic’s $8.2 billion in 2009 revenue means the company has about 28.2% of the available market. Outside of Waste Management, however, the market is highly fragmented, which means that even though garbage collection is a mature industry, there is still room for growth.

Gates not only bought these shares for his own account, he’s also stuffed the coffers of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with them, about $35 million worth. The foundation owns $468 million worth of Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WM), the foundation’s largest single holding outside of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), which Warren Buffett is donating.”

This certainly effectively points to a very real fact: that waste management and recycling companies are strong bets for intelligent business investments of the future. While the financial side makes sense and presents immense opportunities for today’s innovative designers able to develop new methods of dealing with the ever present need for waste management and recycling alternatives, it is also prudent to consider the impact that such businesses will have on future generations and the protection of the environment for generations to come.

Consider just some of these riveting facts listed on the excellent site: www.recycling-revolution.com.

  • “Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!
  • To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years. Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away
  • Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  • Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%.
  • About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
  • On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.
  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!”

The facts are clear: recycling alternatives present an opportunity for the future that includes excellent profit potential, increased jobs and a healthier environment for future generations.

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