After centuries of human existence, we in the 21st century have come to the conclusion that our natural resources are being depleted; our future generations will be left with nothing. We are destroying our environment with pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and have brought on global warming. In such times, it is our responsibility to reduce our own carbon footprint and help others around us do the same. This we can achieve by the simple process of recycling.
Recycling is easy enough for the common person. You can take your used or waste products and then separate, collect and remake it into a product that can be used again. The process of recycling helps the environment because a used product’s life span is extended and natural resources are preserved. Recycling is beneficial to the environment in numerous ways.
Reduces pollution from landfills
If we recycle more of our waste or used products, then less waste gets transferred to landfills. Landfills are a major cause for pollution as chemicals from decomposing garbage leak into the surrounding soil contaminating groundwater in the area. A large landfill in a densely populated area can be harmful to the environment which is why recycling should be a regular practice.
Recycling helps conserve our resources. If we start recycling and reusing material manufactured from natural resources, then we can preserve those same resources. Our natural resources, fossil fuels and natural gases are depleting at an alarmingly fast rate and there is an urgent need to conserve the environment we live in. Recycling plays a key role in this effort as every person can be actively involved in it. Recycling helps curb the rate of depletion and gives our environment the chance to regenerate. Paper is made from trees and the more paper we use, the faster our forests are being cut down. Recycling your used paper products and making the use of recycled paper a matter of policy can go a long way in preserving forests and giving forests that have been cut down a chance to grow back. Countries are plagued with the issue of conserving forest lands and this is a sure way to do it.
Helps save energy
Recycling materials such as aluminium and waste such as plastic bottles, you can help save energy. Of course recycling products to save energy isn’t just confined to aluminium and plastic bottles. Recycling any of your used and waste products will help conserve energy. If you recycle then the energy required to remanufacture it is less than making it from virgin materials. If we conserve energy, we can reduce pollution and instead of harming our environment, we can help conserve it. For instance, if we start recycling steel instead of manufacturing steel from our depleting iron ore resources, refining it and manufacturing more steel. The energy used for recycling steel is much less compared to making it from virgin materials which is beneficial to our environment.
Curbs global warming
The future of the human civilisation is bleak because we live under the cloud of global warming. Climate in every part of the world is changing for the worse because of global warming. Islands and coastal areas are under the threat of submergence due to global warming. Global warming can be controlled only if we, as a collective, cut down on our greenhouse gas emissions. When we conserve energy by recycling, we also cut down on the level of greenhouse gases we emit. If non-biodegradable waste is recycled and not burned, then it will help reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that are burning holes into our ozone layer.
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