Over the past couple of decades we have all been hearing more and more about the importance of recycling. Our children are now taught at very young ages in the public school system about recycling and its importance. Do you know why recycling is important? Do you understand how it helps our environment?
Recycling used products is one of the best ways to help save our environment. It helps to save energy and reduce consumption of natural resources. In fact, recycling can also help to reduce harm to the environment.
How does recycling preserve our environment? One way is by recycling paper, which is made from trees, can reduce our dependence on trees for continued production of paper products. For example, recycling one ton of paper or newspapers is the equivalent of saving 12 trees.
Recycling can save energy by reducing the amount of raw material that is required to be processed. Processing raw materials uses a considerable amount of energy. Some of the most commonly recycled items are aluminum and glass. Recycling these materials can help greatly reduce the amount of pressure put on our energy resources.
Recycling can also reduce pollution. For example, when we do not recycle plastics they sit in the soil as waste and create an increase in water and soil pollution. An effective solution to this problem is simply to recycle as much plastic as possible. During the recycling process of plastics as much material as possible is recovered and used in the manufacturing industry for things such as car bumpers or playground equipment.
In addition to the reduction of soil and water pollution, recycling can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, there have been studies done which show that the effect of recycling on greenhouse gas emissions proved that recycling approximately 35 tons of materials is the equivalent of taking over 22,000 cars off the roads.