Recycling is one of the ways to help reduce the negative environmental effects caused by the human race. At Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, you can learn all about how to improve your home and community, and the world through recycling efforts. Here’s a look at why it’s so important to recycle.
Everyone can make a big positive impact in the world by recycling. Recycling is not only beneficial to the natural environment but also the human race. Every day, we are creating exponentially more waste so we have to do our part by recycling to help conserve the Earth. Let’s act fast because time is running out!
Why is the Amount of Garbage Increasing?
- Increase in Wealth: Presently, there are more millionaires and billionaires than ever before and generally, people are becoming wealthier. As people become richer, they buy more products, and in turn, these products contribute to the increase in waste.
- Increase in Population: According to a report by the United Nations, the world population has already exceeded 7 billion and it’s forecasted to exceed 8 billion by 2025. One of the consequences of an increase in population is an increase in waste.
- Modern Products: As new technological and packaging products are being developed and produced, more waste is created because a lot of the materials used to manufacture these products are not biodegradable.
- Modern Lifestyle: As the world evolves, our lifestyle also changes. Some of the materials used to produce modern-day products like fast food contribute to an increase in non-biodegradable waste.
How Does Recycling Help the Environment?
For years, we have heard that recycling helps to conserve the environment. Waste causes damaging effects on the natural environment and recycling helps to alleviate some of these effects by offsetting a percentage of potential waste. Let’s take a closer look at why it’s so important to recycle.
- Landfill Pollution: Waste materials are brought to landfills where they are to be treated. The garbage at the landfill sites produces greenhouse gases and harmful chemicals which have a negative impact on the environment. When we recycle, we are helping to reduce the amount of pollution caused by the rubbish.
- Deforestation: Deforestation brings about global warming and habitat destruction, among other negative effects. As world population increases, the demand for all types of products also increases, resulting in an increase in demand for raw materials from the natural environment. Many materials like plastic, paper, wood, metals, and glass are recyclable. When we recycle, the need for raw materials is reduced and forests can be conserved.
- Energy Conservation: The process of manufacturing products from raw materials requires a great deal of energy. It’s estimated that a TV can run for up to 3 hours by just recycling one single tin can and one ton of recycled paper saves around 60 pounds of air pollution. By recycling, we can conserve a great deal of energy, which means that the Earth’s natural resources will be conserved as well.
How Does Recycling Help People?
- Reduction of Waste in Landfills: Landfill sites in some cities are filling up so quickly that there is no more space for garbage. The situation was so acute in the United Kingdom that it was predicted that landfills in the country would be filled up by 2010.
- Reduction in Spending: When products are manufactured from raw materials, the cost is much higher than to manufacture the same products from recycled materials. In this way, recycling helps to reduce spending in the economy.
- More Natural Resources for Future Generations: Recycling helps to conserve the Earth’s resources for future generations. With recycling, the demand for natural resources will be reduced so it means that there will be more time for forests to regenerate and future generations will have more raw materials to use. There’s also a reduction in energy consumption, which means that there will be more fossil fuels for future generations.