The issue of recycling of materials is becoming more important today than ever before. It is now common to find plastic containers among other different types of materials in designated collection points prior to their recycling. The process of recycling is cheap compared to creating new products. During recycling, using various types of recycling equipment, materials are collected, processed back into raw material and finally manufactured into new products. Of importance is the fact that it does not add to the degradation and pollution of the environment, but rather creates a cleaner and greener environment for the whole world community.
How Does Recycling Help the Environment?
Recycling helps the environment in many ways and here’s how:
- Recycling Reduces Pollution.
If you have passed near a landfill site, you are aware of the damage that is caused to the environment by the masses of rotting and non-rotting waste. Such sites have a bad smell filling the air and a lot of flies flying around. This pollution can be easily reduced by choosing to recycle every material that is meant to go into the landfill. The benefit of recycling here also includes the lesser carbon being emitted to the environment.
- It Reduces Landfill Requirements.
Landfill spaces are mostly used for holding waste coming from homes, factories, food service providers and other public facilities. If these waste materials are not biodegraded, they only go on remaining at these sites for extremely long periods of time. By recycling, we ensure that the waste materials do not go to the landfills and the environment is saved from more land wastage. With the increasing demand for land, even landfill spaces are becoming scarce and recycling seems like the only sensible thing to do.
- Recycling Reduces Energy Consumption.
When you compare energy levels for the production of items from virgin sources and recycling, it was observed that more energy is used when using virgin sources. For any product you make, starting from scratch, the energy levels required will always be greater than when you recycle materials.
For instance, if you are making paper from new wood, it goes through more processes using more energy than it would have been if recycled pulp were being used. It has been reported that a ton of paper can save up to 450 gallons of oil if recycled materials are used in place of raw wood. Also, modern recycling equipment incorporates energy efficiency in their design.
- Recycling Reduces Cost.
Cost cutting is a rather obvious benefit of recycling while at the same time saving the environment. For instance, if we recycled the grass we cut from our homes and used it to make compost. The compost we get will be at almost zero cost and we will have saved our environment from the hazards of disposing it in other ways.
- Save Forests and Water.
If the production of paper was to be done fully from recycled materials, a lot of trees would be saved from being felled. The water needed in paper production will also not be much. Trees make our environment beautiful while maintaining a good eco-balance. They are also important in ensuring that it rains and that climatic conditions don’t change dramatically.
The potential of the recycling industry is set to grow more every year. More people have appreciated the positive impact recycling has on the environment. Many items in the market today have been made from recycled materials. Some of the common products made from recycled products include:
- Aluminum cans
- Soft drink glass bottles
- Jars and plastic bottles
- Paper towels
Not only is recycling cheaper in terms of money, but it also saves the time required for processing. The importance of recycling to the environment cannot be underestimated.