Why Is Recycling Good for the Earth?

Why is recycling good for the Earth?

Recycling Good for the Earth

There are a few reasons recycling is good for the Earth. First, it takes less energy to recycle materials than it does to create new materials from scratch. Second, recycling helps reduce pollution by keeping waste out of landfills and incinerators.

Finally, recycling can help reduce the amount of resources we extract from the earth, which can help preserve natural habitats.

Why do we need to recycle reuse and reduce waste materials?

We need to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste materials because they can be used again in the future and it helps the environment.

What will happen if we recycle?

For over thirty years, the EPA collects data on trash produced in America and what percentage is recycled. In 2012, which was the most recent year available for EPA data, Americans produced 251 million tons (228 million metric ton) of trash.

They also recycled nearly 87million tons (79 million metric ton) of the same refuse. This results in a 34.5 percent recycling rate, which is the equivalent of recycling 1.51 lbs of the 4.38 pounds (0.68kgs of 1.97 kgs) of trash each American creates daily.

What if Americans could reuse more of their trash every day? And what if all of humanity recycled as well? Many cases they are already recycling, at least in part. To contrast, Germany recycles about half of all the trash it produces per annum.

Recycling could make it easier to reduce pollution and the amount of debris that is left on the ground and in the water. If everyone around the globe recycled, the amount of plastic that is floating in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and North America’s West Coast would likely be smaller.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of microplastics that are too small for visual aids. They are mixed with larger objects to create a soupy, cloudy mixture. This is only the part that’s floating at the bottom of the ocean. A staggering 70% of marine garbage sinks to oceanic floor, according to estimates.

It would be possible to reduce the global carbon footprint if everyone could recycle. A carbon footprint is the amount carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds that we release into the atmosphere from our activities.

A family of four could recycle plastic waste and reduce carbon-equivalent emissions by nearly 340 pounds each year. Multiply that number by all the families in the world who make an effort to recycle as many waste as possible. You can have a big impact on the environment with one bottle of sports drinks.

 

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