Recycling is something not everybody do, but those who do recycle know how good and beneficial it is to the environment, so to encourage you to start recycling and give you reasons why you should do it, here are the biggest environmental benefits of recycling.
Lessens the need for landfills
Recycling means that you not only collect all of your trash, but also separate them into categories for example glass, paper, carton and plastic, so that they can be re-manufactured into new objects or materials. Which means that even if you are now separating you glass from your plastic and putting them in their separate bins, you already are helping the environment – giving your waste a new and extended life and eliminating the need for large landfills that pollute the planet by emitting harmful gases in the degrading process. And if your trash can be turned into new and Eco-friendly products, it also eliminates the need for large factories that most of the time produce a lot of harmful gasses that create global warming.
Helps us save the earth
But giving a new life to your waste is although one of the benefits of recycling and it also benefits the environment, it is not the most important one. In my opinion, the most important recycling benefit to the environment is the fact that recycling simply helps us save the earth. In addition to new Eco-friendly product manufacturing and lessening the factory and landfill gas emissions, recycling also allows us to limit the amount of harm we do to our environment on daily basis. If we recycle all the paper we use and produce new paper from it, that will allow us to stop cutting down trees to have paper. And it just a single example that shows, how recycling can save our earth by reducing the amount of natural resources that we need to produce different products, because the less impact we have on environment – the less natural resources we use – the more we save and preserve our planet and the environment.
Another big thing that goes in conjunction to reducing the amount of natural resources we use is that by recycling old waste we can also save energy, because it takes quite less energy to recycle old materials and produce new ones from them, than it takes to create all new products from raw and virgin materials. Not only the production process itself will save energy because, for example, to produce paper from recycled paper will take much less energy than to produce paper from trees, it will also save on the transportation costs and the energy costs that are wasted on cutting down the trees or obtaining any other raw materials. So by recycling we can save energy and in return reduce the amount of pollution that is emitted into our atmosphere from factories, cars and trucks.
And lastly, recycling also helps to save money. Not only products that are manufactured from recycled materials most of the time are cheaper, but you can even sell your recycled materials to other companies and actually earn money. For example, nowadays if you have collected a large amount of cans or any metal materials, there are companies that will be glad to buy these materials from you, because they will use them to produce new materials. And hey, who doesn’t like to get back money they spent on buying the new products, even if it is smaller amount than the original cost of the product?