A Brief Guide to the Advantages of Recycling
Recycling has become quite a buzzword lately, but why should you care? How much garbage does the world produce every year? And how does recycling benefit our environment?
Every day, millions of tons of trash end up in landfills across the globe. This means an increasing amount of harmful chemicals seep into our soil. Meanwhile, global warming remains a pressing concern because of the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.
The good news is that recycling might reduce both problems.
Recycling helps prevent pollution. When we throw things away, they don’t break down naturally. Instead, they go directly to landfill, where they take decades to decompose, and leach hazardous chemicals into soil and water.
Also, recyclable goods can also be reused. For example, plastic bottles can be recycled into car parts, floor tiles, or used for fuel. Paper, cardboard, and glass can be repurposed into packaging, furniture, art, and insulation.
Recycled paper is often blended with virgin pulp before reusing, resulting in less energy consumption. By reducing the manufacturing required to create new materials from raw materials, recycled paper can save millions of gallons of water annually.