Waste is a big problem worldwide and something that is not easy to resolve. As people continue to consume, acquire things, or simply move, they contribute to pollution even without intending to.
Recycling is an excellent way to cut back on waste and do your share in maintaining the cleanliness of your surroundings. It’s free and won’t eat up much of your time. If you make it a habit, you will contribute a lot to reducing pollution due to the following reasons:
- By making new products from garbage, you are doing your share in conserving natural resources. For example, if you recycle plastic, less plastic will be produced. This is quite helpful since plastics are made from one of the leading pollutants, hydrocarbons. Another example is recycling wood and paper, which will result in saving forests and trees.
- By recycling, you are reducing the waste being collected and thrown at dumping sites. Different kinds of waste take quite a time to decompose when they are in the landfills. They also contribute to air pollution and leaching that leads to water pollution.
- All kinds of recycling helps in cutting down the problem of pollution. For example, recycling glass reduces air pollution by 20 percent and causes about an 80 percent decrease in mining wastes. Paper recycling reduces water pollution by 35 percent and air pollution by 73 percent.
The best part about recycling is that you are able to create new materials or things out of wastes. It enhances your creativity while helping the environment at the same time.