Recycling is an important environmental issue and one should practice the three ‘R’s of waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle. When you walk down the street and find heaps of garbage stinking or tons of plastics and indisposed wastes filling the landfills you wonder how you can help it. Well it is time to clean up! A lot of people know that recycling is good for the environment but they do not understand the significance of it. In today’s world of globalization, there is awareness of the concept of recycling through advertisements, television, and education but people still don’t take it seriously enough. Very few people are aware of the knowledge that recycling helps to conserve energy, trees, water, natural resources, and reduces air and water pollution. Recycling done on individual level can actually help planet earth to a large extent. Despite the warnings, being given about the harmful effects of global warming and environmental issues very little is being done to tackle it. Global warming, acid rains, endangerments of different species, deforestation have become unmanageable in the present scenario. If something is not done now the future of planet earth seems very bleak. People and the government needs to understand this at the micro and macro level and highlight the benefits of recycling. Read on and find out how every small step, can make a huge difference.
Advantages Of Recycling
Recycling helps to reduce the greenhouse effect. Products that are not biodegradable release poisonous gases due to manufacturing, use, and improper disposal of the material. Higher concentration of gas emissions leads to changes in climate, temperature, and changes in levels of sea. Recycling can help reduce the production of new manufacturing products and hence save energy.
The amount of waste that gets deposited in landfills contains toxic chemicals that pollute water systems. These are harmful for consumption as dangerous chemicals contaminate water supplies in cities. Recycling reduces considerable amount of waste that gets deposited in our landfills.
Conservation Of Resources
There is a danger of natural resources being exhausted sooner than later. Resources like oil and precious metals (gold, silver, bauxite, copper, etc.) are all limited resources that will be exhausted in years to come. By recycling steel, millions of tons of iron ore, coal and limestone can be saved. We can save thousands of trees by recycling old newspapers and official papers.
Use Eco-Friendly Products
Give a thought to the environment when you use plastic products and polystyrene products. Plastic are hazardous to the environment and difficult to dispose. Plastics take around 700 years to decompose and the wastes are toxic to the environment. Use products that are biodegradable, eco-friendly and can be easily recycled.
The consumption of energy to manufacture a new product from a raw material exceeds far more that the energy required to produce materials from the recycled products. Hence recycling if done in large scale could also lead to reduction in energy costs and is more efficient in terms of energy consumption.
When you preserve your natural resources, you conserve energy and reduce costs and expenditure of the products. This helps to create jobs and in turn builds a strong economy. The resilience of this industry is such that the prices of the products remained stable in spite of a huge financial crisis, and in the times of recovery, it helped in generating new employment. When the finances are strong, it helps to develop society and a strong community.