If you are living a prudent life recycling is one of the first steps in going green! Why is recycling important, you may ask. Recycling is reusing materials in original or changed forms rather than discarding them as wastes. In reusing material or changing material into new materials rather than throwing it away, the environment as well as we benefit from it.
Recycling will often save you money by decreasing the amount of material going into the landfill. In our town we pay for our trash pick up but the recycling is free. By recycling we lessen the amount of trash, which in turn slows the growth of the landfill and preserves the land.
Recycling conserves the world’s resources by using recycled materials instead of trees, metal ores, minerals, oil and other raw materials harvested from the earth.
Recycling saves energy by reducing the need to process new material, which usually requires more energy than the recycling process. Recycling aluminum saves 92% of the energy required to make the material from scratch.
Recycling prevents pollution. Decomposing waste often release noxious gases and chemicals as it decomposes at landfill sites. These gases and chemicals create air pollution. Air pollution is exactly what it sounds like, polluted air. When the chemicals leach into the groundwater this creates water pollution and our water is contaminated.
Recycling creates jobs and saves money. Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide. (National Recycling Coalition)
If we created more recycling opportunities we would create more jobs and no one would have to loose their jobs either.
By simply following the recycle mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle,” you can help forward the fight against environmental destruction.