Why Should Recycle?
We cannot sustain our consumerist lifestyle without getting inundated by garbage and exhausting the earth’s resources. The products that we use are wrapped in several layers of packaging material that are perfectly recyclable - plastic, aluminium, paper, tin, wood, etc. Solid waste disposal experts engage in an uphill struggle to contain this virtual avalanche of garbage we produce everyday. It is apparent that digging a hole, a landfill, is clearly not the answer. Sooner or later, the waste becomes uncontainable and will spill into our farming areas, forests and water resources.
Good reasons to recycle
1. Recycling helps conserve limited resources
Throwing away a single aluminium can, versus recycling it, is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline. The Americans recycled enough aluminium cans to conserve the energy equivalent of more than 15 million barrels of oil.
2. Recycling is energy efficient
On a larger scale, recycling could translate into huge reductions in our energy costs. Consider these facts: It costs more energy to manufacture a brand new aluminium can then it does to recycle 20 aluminium cans; it takes twice as much energy to burn plastic as to recycle it; it takes 64% more energy to make paper than to recycle it; and recycling just one pound of steel can save enough energy to run a 60-watt bulb for one day.
3. Recycling is earth-friendly
It keeps our landfills from overflowing. We’re fast running out of space for landfills - circumvent the problem, but with widespread marine ecological collapse, this is no longer a viable option. Worst yet, it’s difficult to find landin surbanban and rural areas whose residents will allow landfills to come into their areas without a fight. The squeeze for landfill land is only going to get worse in the future.
Recycling gives us some hope for this break scenario. Studies show that 60% to 75% of garbage in landfills can be recycled. That means that if everybody recycled, we’d have 60% to 75% less garbage in our landfills, and we’d need at least that much less hand for garbage disposal.
It improves the quality of our groundwater. No matter how safe and efficient our landfills are being billed to be, the possibility of dangerous chemicals coming from solid waste deposited in these landfills, contamining underground water supply is always present. Rain and other runoff from landfills gets into our streams, rivers, lakes, and other waterways, damaging fragile ecosystems. Recycling can help us reduce the trash in landfills and thus our water systems can start becoming purer.
It reduces air pollution. Many Factories that produce plastics, metals and paper products release toxins into the air creating serious greenhouse-gas emissions. Recycle these materials, and there will be less need for companies to manufacture new materials - saving on the amount of pollution dumped into our atmosphere. In addition, disposing of certain recyclable materials can also produce significant pollution.
It cuts back on global warming. Our planet is starting to feel the effects of global warming and we need to do whatever we can to lessen the impact. Production of certain materials from scratch can release significant amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Aluminium production is a prime example, producing new aluminium creates 95% more CO2 than recycling old aluminium cans. In addition, recycling paper saves trees. Each ton of paper recycled, 17 trees saved. Each of these trees can extract around 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from air in a year.
4. Recycling creates jobs and build a strong economy
Recycling has a huge impact in our economy in terms of jobs, energy cost reduction, and resource conversation. Recycling also helps in saving a lot of expense, demanded for the production of new products from ‘virgin’ materials. These expenses include the entire production cycle starting from acquiring the raw materials, transferring them from their origin to production places, processing and manufacturing costs.
Recycling process creates employment opportunities for a lot of people, involved in the various stages of the process. This in turn contributes to the economic development of the state and country.
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