Why should I recycle?
There are many different reasons and advantages of recycling old materials to manufacture into new products. Recycling benefits relate to many different areas, some of which could greatly improve the air we breathe and the environment we live in.
All man-made products incorporate raw materials to create the finished product. This involves harvesting the earth’s natural resources (e.g. wood, metal) in order to acquire the raw materials. Deforestation is a prime example of how harvesting natural resources is harming the environment. The more paper, card & wood that we recycle the less this needs to occur.
Recycling reduces the amount of energy needed to create a new, similar product. If we didn’t recycle paper, more trees would have to be chopped down, transported, and manufactured into the finished product. The more energy we use, the greater emissions, reduced emissions helps in the fight against climate change.
Tied in with energy saving, is the reduction of pollution as a result of manufacturing processes becoming more efficient. Any reduction in CO2 or other harmful gases is a key ingredient for the fight against climate change & also provides cleaner air for us to breathe.
The more we recycle, the more we can help to reduce the burden on local and national landfill sites. As population levels increase, we will need to find more landfill sites, which will harm the surrounding environment and wildlife. In addition many types of waste are now banned from landfill sites or have to be treated prior to landfill.