Importance of Recycling
Recycling is important in today’s world if we want to leave this planet for our future generations. It is good for the environment, since we are making new products from the old products which are of no use to us. Recycling begins at home. If you are not throwing away any of your old product and instead utilizing it for something new then you are actually recycling. When you think of recycling you should really think about the whole idea; reduce, reuse and recycle. We’ve been careless up to this point with the way we’ve treated the Earth and it’s time to change; not just the way we do things but the way we think.
We should recycle because:
- To Make Environment Clean
- Conservation of Materials
- To Save Energy
- Reduce Garbage in Landfills
Recycling is good for the environment, in the sense, we are using old and waste products which are of no use and then converting them back to same new products. Since we are saving resources and are sending less trash to the landfills, it helps in reducing air and water pollution. Energy saving is important if we are to reduce the future effects of global warming. If we recycle one aluminum can, we are able to save enough energy to run a TV for around 3 hours. This will obviously depend on the energy consumption of your TV, but it gives you a great idea as to just how much energy can be saved during the process of recycling products.
It is believed that (the U.S.) cut approximately 40 million newspapers each day, leading to the equivalent of about half a million trees ending in landfills every week. We’ve been careless up to this point with the way we’ve treated the Earth and it’s time to change; not just the way we do things but the way we think. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are examples of some products that are recycled in large quantities.
When you think of recycling you should really think about the whole idea; reduce, reuse and recycle. Think about it; if you don’t need it, don’t get it. If you have to get it, get something that can be used again and if you get something that needs to be recycled by the professionals, put it in the recycle bin. Conservation is an important part of recycling issue. When you produce less garbage it helps in reducing the landfills and also helps in giving the land back to the nature.
Recycling serve 2 purpose: First, it avoid landfills and helps in reducing air and water pollution and secondly, valuable material like aluminum cans and plastic and glass are reused in other forms and not wasted. Be mindful of what you do, pay attention to the items you buy and always check yourself to see if you really need it or if it comes in a package with less waste. We can all do our part and we will make a huge difference.
What We People Can Do?
There are handful number of things that you could do to save this planet.
1. Throw away all the garbage in your house that is of no use to you or you think you can’t utilize it in some other way. 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 center.
2. Try to avoid the use of plastic bag and plastic paper as much as possible. They not only pollute the environment but also helps in filling landfills. Also, when you shop try to look out for the products that have least packaging. Every millions of dollars are spent only in packaging of these products which ultimately go to the garbage sites.
Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.
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In my essay, I evaluate the environmental benefits of recycling and its importance on our future. After all, there is now scientific evidence showing that global warming may be irreversible within 15 years, which means the world will start warming up non-stop until all life on earth is dead. Here I evaluate the environmental benefits of recycling and how this may help slow the global warming. Slowing global warming would be a good thing, as it will soon destroy the earth.
Recycling protects the environment. It means that fewer resources are needed to create products, which means less pollution and less decimation of our natural world. On the flip side, recycling is not always economically viable, which means a company or a person must do it without any financial reward, and since most people are motivated by money–it is safe to say that recycling is not a top priority for most people.
Recycled products may not last as long, but that argument has severe flaws. The quality of an item usually depends on the production/manufacture process and not the materials. For example, a consumer item may easily be created using high quality materials and yet be of a very poor quality. The reverse is also true, however, the fact that recycled products may (sometimes) be of a lower quality is a point against recycling. However, there are many times when the energy saved through recycling means that creating more than one through recycling saves enough energy and materials to make two products for the same energy/materials cost of making one from new. This means the process of recycling means even lower quality items are worth making because they can easily be replaced without excess energy/materials being spent/used.
There are many items that are not safe to recycle and many that are unhygienic to recycle. This means that some items may never be recycled both now and in the near future. On the flip side, there are a lot of products and materials that can be recycled, and the amount of pollution they save is massive. If there were a way of making unsafe and unhygienic things so that they may be recycled, then the reduction of pollution would extend even further.
Recycling is not widespread enough, and as long as there is no financial benefit to recycling it is unlikely that it will be widespread. This is a shame because there are financial benefits that will benefit the entire community and country. For example, less space in landfills means less need for taxes to pay for them. There is also the fact that more green jobs means more money in the pocket of the general public. More green jobs will also help the economy, which is going to help people lead better and healthier lives.
To conclude my evaluation, I find that recycling is obviously very important if we wish to slow the destruction of this planet. We need to do more to increase the amount of recycling that goes on in our country. We also need to find ways of recycling items that are unhygienic and/or unsafe.