Are United Methodists expected to recycle?
United Methodists understand that we have been given the responsibility to care for God's creation.
The United Methodist Church believes that "misuse and overconsumption of natural and nonrenewable resources, particularly by industrialized societies...jeopardizes the natural heritage that God has entrusted to all generations." United Methodists are encouraged to reduce consumption and recycle. It's recommended that the general agencies of the church use recycled and chlorine-free paper products. "In addition to reducing consumption and reusing materials in lieu of purchasing new ones, recycling is an important and easy step toward a more sustainable future." (Recycling and the Use of Recycled Products, 2008 BOR)
"We support measures which will lead to a more careful and efficient use of the resources of the natural world. We urge United Methodists to analyze their consumption patterns and to seek to live a simple and less resource-dependent life.
"We encourage programs which will recycle solid materials of all sorts—paper, glass, wood, building materials, metals, plastics, etc.
"We urge United Methodists to participate actively in community recycling programs and urge the establishment of such programs in communities without these programs."