Many people do not make an effort to recycle, this really disturbs me. It is easy to do: Designate bins, rinse containers with dairy products (the smell is terrible), drop off at the appropriate place or pay a minimal fee to have it collected. It may add up to an extra 30-60 minutes a month, if that. Minimal effort from each individual could result in a clean, non-polluted planet for future generations!
If you are in the U.S. or Europe where recycling bins are provided by the city you live in, you have even less reason to not recycle.
Reasons (and there are many more) to recycle besides the fact that we are killing our planet and making it inhospitable for future generations are:
1. Recycling saves trees. Half the Earth’s forests are gone, and up to 95 percent of the original forest area in the U.S. has been cut down.
2. Recycling protects wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Using recycled materials reduces the need to extract natural resources such as timber, crude petroleum and mineral ores.
3. Recycling reduces the use of toxic chemicals. Making products from
already refined waste materials reduces — and often avoids altogether — the need for manufacturers to use toxic chemicals, essential when using virgin materials.
4. Recycling helps curb global warming. Recycling one ton of glass results in energy savings of more than 300% and lowers carbon dioxide emissions by 3.46 tons
5. Recycling reduces water pollution. Turning trees into paper is the most water intensive industrial process in the United States. Paper recycling mills nearly always use less water and they don’t pollute the water nearly as much.
6. Recycling reduces the need for landfills. Toxic pollution from landfills —
including cyanide, dioxins, mercury, methane, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and lead — escapes into the air and leaches into groundwater.
7. Recycling reduces the need for incinerators. Municipal waste incinerators
spew out all kinds of air pollutants, and are often located in urban neighborhoods.
8. Recycling creates jobs and promotes economic development. The Texas
Natural Resources Conservation Commission found that recycling added about $18.5 billion in value to the economies of 12 Southern states and Puerto Rico in 1995.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~Native American Proverb