There are many reason why it’s important to recycle as today, waste plays a huge role in our lives. Each and every day we throw away items that could have been used elsewhere; either by another person or reused in a manufacturing process.
It’s important that we recycle as much waste as we can. In this article, we’ll take a look at why recycling is important and the many benefits it can have.
Recycling Conserves Resources
Traditionally, when products were manufactured, each of the components required to make those products would have to be produced by consuming natural resources. Mining and forestry play a huge role in producing new products from raw materials, both of which are responsible for depleting reserves of natural resources.
Nowadays, it’s commonplace for new products to be manufactured from (or at least contain) recycled materials. By using recycled materials in new products we are helping to conserve the earth’s natural resources.
Recycling Saves Energy
Using recycled materials in manufacturing uses considerably less energy when compared to manufacturing products from raw materials.
Making use of recycled materials in new products also saves energy from a mining point of view as fewer raw materials need to be extracted from the earth, refined and transported to a factory.
Recycling Reduces Landfill
A growing problem in today’s society is the scale and number of landfill sites. Every item we throw away has to end up somewhere and without an efficient recycling system in place, most of this waste will end up in landfill.
Landfill has serious implications for the local environment and our atmosphere. Landfill sites are notorious for producing methane (CH4), a powerful greenhouse gas that is contributing to global warming.
The more we recycle, the more waste we are keeping from ending up in landfill sites, thus helping to reduce the impact landfill has on the environment and our atmosphere.
Recycling Protects the Environment
Recycling helps to protect the environment in a number of ways with the most notable aspect being how recycling conserves natural resources.
Mining, quarrying, logging and refining processes often produce significant levels of air and water pollution. These processes also produce numerous greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which are contributing towards climate change. Reducing the impact of forestry also means there are more trees which are vital air purifiers and help to reduce the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere.
Recycling Is Good for The Economy
Often overlooked are the economic aspects of recycling. Recycling is a booming industry, right across the globe. It helps to support economic growth by creating jobs in a number of sectors. From people working on a recycling line to waste management consultants, recycling has helped to create many jobs in many different countries.
Recycling Could Save You Money
Recycling goods has the potential to save you money. Whilst every day waste recycling won’t save you money, how we reuse other products could. If you’re thinking of throwing away an item, take a step back and think about how you could reuse that product (either now or in the future) to avoid you having to buy a brand new one.
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 bins and containers 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. If the necessary services are in place for your local area, then why not do your part by following the simple steps above?
Hopefully by now you have a good understand of why it’s important to recycle. Recycling has many benefits, from conserving natural resources through to cleaning up the environment and helping to support economic growth.
Many countries have efficient recycling programs in place, but more can to be done to expand these programs and open up recycling opportunities to the greater population of the earth.
You can learn more about recycling and why it is important at Recycle Now.