Recycling seems to be a difficult chore to most people and that’s because they haven’t seen the need to recycle their waste. Globally, we only recycle 9% of our plastic waste while 22% is mismanaged.
This shows many individuals still don’t understand the difference it makes. Some popular reasons people make for not recycling are; not having enough space to keep the recyclables, of what benefit it is to them, waste management is for the government to solve etc.
The true fact remains that, the benefits associated with it are more beneficial and its wise we adjust quickly on how we manage our wastes and embrace the Concept of Recycling.
Reasons to think Recycle first;
Recycling saves energy, research shows that companies that utilize recycled aluminum save up to 95% energy during production of aluminum products when compared to companies that source raw materials.
It reduces landfills, the rate of waste disposal in the modern day is increasing at an alarming rate. This rapid increase translates to accumulation and subsequent overflowing of landfills.
Accumulation of waste is not just a problem for a single nation; it’s a global problem. If waste is allowed to accumulate unabated, humans might run out of locations to bury synthetic waste, or the waste might bring devastating effects to the environment, which is happening unknowingly by the way through global warming.
It preserves our resources and protects wildlife. The only way to dramatically stop the pressure applied to resources such as trees is recycling. Statistics according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency show that recycling one ton of paper saves up about 17 trees as well as 17,000 gallons of water.
It reduces our reliance on Minings, which is good for the economy as it creates new demand for other options. It helps our climate problems, which greatly minimizes carbon emissions, commonly referred to as greenhouse gasses. If these wastes were not recycled, they would end up being combusted, emitting dangerous greenhouse gasses. A single tree can get rid of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
It also leads to creation of jobs, which increases 10 times more employment opportunities than landfill waste management and results in clean cities and neighborhoods, and keeps waste collection costs down.
One person can make a big difference, and most people have already made up their minds that one person cannot make any difference regarding recycling waste. A family of four can minimize waste by more than one ton each year just by the easy task of recycling.
Be a part of the Solution and not the problem, with a good number of collective efforts Recycling is achievable.