Some years back, nobody paid much attention to the accumulation of waste in homes and landfills. It became so vast that the authorities started getting concerned the phenomenon could create a disaster. A solution had to be found, but one that is kind to humans and the environment. That’s how recycling was born. Recycling is the process of converting waste into new, useful products. Waste materials that can be recycled include plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, food and drink cans, trays, tabs, food and beverages cartons, and aluminum foils. Although recycling has been going on for the past few years, recycling efforts need to be increased considering the amount of waste disposed of every day.
Several reasons exist as to why we should promote recycling. Recycling helps us to convert our old products into new useful products. In other words, it is good for the environment. Since we are saving resources and are sending less trash to the landfills, it helps in reducing air and water pollution. Listed below are few reasons why we should all recycle old products. Below are the reasons why we need to recycle more:
1. It's a worldwide epidemic
Accumulation of waste is not just a problem for a single nation; it’s a global problem. If waste is allowed to accumulate unabated, humans might run out of locations to bury synthetic waste, or the waste might bring devastating effects to the environment, which is happening unknowingly by the way through global warming.
2. Conserve natural resources
Plants are considered limited resources. If a lot of pressure is exerted on these natural resources, they might be depleted fast. The only way to dramatically stop the pressure applied to these resources is recycling. Statistics according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency show that recycling one ton of paper saves up about 17 trees as well as 17,000 gallons of water.
3. Reduces carbon emissions
Recycling greatly minimizes carbon emissions, commonly referred to as greenhouse gasses. If these wastes were not recycled, they would end up being combusted, emitting dangerous greenhouse gasses. Whatever your opinion on global warming, a lot of people converge to the idea that everyone needs to play a role in minimizing the effects of pollution and emissions. Research studies suggest that a single tree can get rid of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. Recycling is needed to save more trees to ensure a well-balanced level of carbon dioxide.
4. Saves energy
Recycling has been proved to save up lots of energy. Companies that utilize recycled aluminum save up to 95% energy during production of aluminum products when compared to companies that source raw materials.
5. Minimizes accumulation in landfills
The rate of waste disposal in the modern day is increasing at an alarming rate. This rapid increase translates to accumulation and subsequent overflowing of landfills. Space for waste disposal can run out if a solution is not found. Cities situated near oceans have been polluting the water for many years due to landfill overflow. The oceans cannot entertain this habit anymore. The only way is recycling. As much as 60-75% of waste occurring in landfills can be recycled. This technically means that if everyone made a point to recycle, we would have 65-75% less land for waste moving forward.
6. Beefs up property value
One of the most effective ways to beef up the value of your property is to embrace recycling. People who take up the practice of recycling reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. It’s a no-brainer that landfills significantly lower property value since nobody likes the idea of living near a smelly landfill. You and your neighbor’s effort to recycle more will mean your city will need fewer landfills, hence, clean surrounding air. The best routine is to recycle each week.
7. One person can make a big difference
Most people have already made up their minds that one person cannot make any difference in regard to recycling waste. That thinking might apply in other fields. In recycling, an individual can make a big difference. Averagely, every American produces about 1600 pounds of waste every year. Up to 1100 pounds of waste is able to be recycled every year per person. That represents a half a ton per individual. This means a family of four can minimize waste by more than two tons each year just by the easy task of recycling.
8. Conserves wildlife
Increased use of recycled products puts a break to the exploitation of natural resources like forests, rivers, lakes and wetlands, which are natural habitats for wildlife.
9. Maintains ground water quality
If landfills are allowed to accumulate, they can impact the quality of groundwater. Most landfill management companies do not make any effort to treat their landfills. They only throw the waste in a dug-up hole and bury it. A big percentage of waste thrown in landfills is neither eco-friendly nor biodegradable and the contaminants occurring in these wastes my find way to ground water supply. This typically happens when rain water or runoff water coming from landfills snake through land to water bodies such as streams, rivers, and lakes. This phenomenon destroys the already fragile ecosystems and renders the once fresh and safe waters risky to drink. Recycling of waste will prevent the continuity of this dangerous cycle.
10. Ensures a truly sustainable future
Planet earth harbors limited amount of natural resources and restricted capacity to recycle waste. By recycling, we are doing two great things to our future: minimizing our immediate effect on planet earth and developing sustainable practices for future generations.