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Reasons to Recycle

Tired of recycling? Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t quit just yet.

You’ve likely seen news pictures of the plastic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this collection of floating trash is more than 600,000 square miles. Twice as big as the state of Texas and three times the size of France, this mass of trash isn’t something the world can ignore forever.

No matter how awful pictures of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are, the photos will hopefully help raise awareness of the importance of recycling. News footage of the trash buildup occurring in the oceans may even help motivate people to put in a little more effort when it comes to reducing waste and recycling trash.

While you may not be able to help clean up the world’s waterways, you can do your part by recycling. Paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic, glass, and more can be saved from filling up landfills or ending up in the ocean and turned into new, useful products.

If you don’t yet recycle, here are six reasons why you should start today.

1. Conserve

Many of the earth’s natural resources are being used up faster than they are being replenished. Think of the wellbeing of future generations. Water, timber, metals, and minerals are a few resources that recycling can help save. With increased recycling, fewer forests, wetlands, and natural habitats will be destroyed. By recycling a single ton of paper, you can help save 17 trees and 17,000 gallons of water.

2. Less Waste

Landfills are filling up. At the current rate, many countries may run out of space to bury their trash. For years, cities located near oceans have been throwing their waste into the water posing hazards to marine life. Sadly, an estimated 75 percent of the waste that ends up in landfills could have been recycled.

3. Saves Energy

Manufacturers require less energy to generate products when using recycled materials as compared to using raw materials. By recycling, you’re not only reducing the amount of waste that’s produced, you’re reducing the amount of energy needed to produce new products.

4. Creates Jobs

Did you know that the recycling industry employs hundreds of thousands of employees around the world? Every ton of recycled material translates into jobs and wages for citizens and tax revenue for cities. For every landfill employee, 10 are needed for the recycling industry. By recycling, you’re helping to support families in your community.

5. Reduces Pollution

Much pollution is generated during the collection of raw materials and the manufacture of products from those raw materials. Harvesting trees, drilling for petroleum, or mining for minerals produces water and air pollution. Recycling drastically reduces the amount of pollution in the environment by eliminating many steps of the process needed to turn raw materials into useful materials.
Overfilled landfills aren’t the only things that pose a problem. Greenhouse gasses and toxic chemicals that are released from the piles of waste are also a serious issue. This pollution harms humans, animals, and the environment. Chronic inhalation of these gasses may lead to respiratory diseases, and polluted waterways may cause the spread of infectious diseases.

6. Makes a Difference

Don’t think you can’t make a difference in the world. The average American makes 1,600 pounds of trash each year, and 1,100 of those pounds are able to be recycled. If we all do our part and recycle as much as we can, the world will be a cleaner, safer place for generations to come.