Why Is Recycling Important?
Recycling is a process that many people across the globe can participate in. It relates to the collection, separation and re-manufacturing of a variety of goods made from plastics, glass, metals and other particular substances. There are many reasons why recycling is important and the below information explains many of these reasons.
Below are some of the main reasons why recycling is of high importance:
- Energy Saving - Recycling has the potential to save energy during the manufacture of new products. Recycled materials may be used as components for new products or even melted down and formed into new components. Although this process may sound as though it consumes high levels of energy, overall it actually saves energy as the raw materials don't have to be mined, transported and broken down to extract the specific minerals needed.
- Mineral Conservation - Recycling is an important step in helping to conserve the minerals beneath our feet. Why let recyclable materials go to landfill only to end up having to mine additional minerals to make new, replacement products?
- Reduction of Rubbish In Landfills - As the problem of landfill expansion becomes an ever growing issue for many countries across the globe, recycling has the potential to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill sites, thus providing more time in order to deal with the issue of landfill.
- Helping The Environment - This reason relates more to how we dispose of waste in general. Every day you are likely to see rubbish that could have been recycled, left at the side of the road. Disposing of rubbish correctly and taking part in recycling activities ensures our rubbish ends up in appropriate locations where it can be dealt with correctly.
Overall, we are able to help the environment by recycling in a number of ways. It is important that we recycle to achieve a reduction of not only existing landfills, but any future landfill developments which may be needed as a result of over capacity. We can also help the environment through conservation, as the reduction in deforestation saves the environment and the wildlife in these areas.
What Can You Do?
If you already understand the reasons why you should recycle and why recycling is important, here is a list of useful tips you can follow in order to make a difference:
- Make Use of Recycling Facilities - Homes in many different countries now have access to recycling boxes and bins provided by their local council or government. It's a sensible idea to make use of these and take the time to fill them. If you don't have these boxes, you can easily purchase a suitable container for each recyclable product (e.g. paper, plastic, and glass), and then take these down to your local recycling centre.
- Shop Sensibly - Look for products that feature sensible packaging and don't go over the top with different layers that are actually unneeded. Did you know that in the US, around $1 of every $11 spent on food items is the cost of the packaging? Also try to only purchase the items you will actually use as this is important in reducing the estimated 21 million shopping bags of food which end up in US landfills each and every year.
The statements above show how easily we can reduce the impact on landfills. Do your part by following these if services are in place in your local area.
- Written by James Bratley