Recycling is a process that we should all be familiar with by now, but do we ever stop to consider why we should be recycling in the first place? In this article we will discuss why recycling is important and how getting involved in the process can have a positive impact on the environment.
Why We Should All Recycle
The recycling process has numerous benefits and here are just some of the reasons why we should all recycle on a day to day basis.
To Save Energy
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing of new products uses considerably less energy than when manufacturing products from raw materials.
Recycled materials can be used as components in new products or even melted down and formed into entirely different components. Although this process sounds as though it consumes high levels of energy, it actually saves energy as fewer raw materials need to be mined, transported and broken down to extract the specific minerals needed for the manufacturing of specific items. This all helps to save energy when manufacturing new products.
To Conserve Raw Materials
Recycling is an important step in helping to conserve many of the raw materials found beneath our feet. With manufacturing at an all time high, there’s never been a more important time to preserve these precious materials before we run out.
To Reduce Landfill & Protect The Environment
With population levels increasing, there is a record amount of waste ending up in landfill sites across the globe. Landfill sites can have a significant impact on surrounding environments by polluting land and destroying habitats. When we recycle, less waste is sent to landfill which helps to reduce the ever growing problem that landfill expansion has on our environment.
Landfill sites also have a lesser known drawback in that they produce vast quantities of methane. This powerful greenhouse gas is released when biodegradable waste decomposes and can be linked to climate change. Helping to reduce landfill will reduce the ever increasing levels of methane that landfill sites are pumping into the atmosphere each and every day.
What Can You Do?
If you already understand the reasons why you should recycle, here is a list of useful tips you can follow in order to help 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 landfill sites. Do your part by following these steps if the necessary services are in place for your local area.
It is important that we recycle to achieve a reduction of not only existing landfill sites, but any future landfill developments or expansions which may be needed as a result of over capacity. Recycling is also important to help conserve the amount of energy and raw materials that we use, thus reducing our dependency on them. You can learn more about recycling and why it is important at Recycle Now.