Why Do We Recycle? The Benefits of Recycling
Everyone seems to be talking about the need for recycling. Believe it or not there are still people who are still asking, "Why is recycling important?" There are many reasons why we should recycle both for the environment and for us personally.
Do you know what happens to the waste and thrash that you throw. They are sent to the landfill sites. Once dumped into a hole, they are covered and buried. And when it is filled up, the next thrash are tipped into another hole. Can you imagine how many holes and landfill sites are required to fill up all the waste and trash? Does each state have enough land for this?
So, one of the advantages of recycling is that each of us who recycle helps reduce the use of land to do this job, the process it takes to get the site approved and to ensure that the waste and thrash do not emit harmful gas and odors that will affect the environment.
When you recycle, you also help reduce incineration and the cost involved. And if everyone stops open burning, we will save the environment from producing hazardous gases that is one of the reasons for global climate change.
Recycling paper can save the cutting down of trees. Trees not only provide shelter and food for much of our wildlife, but they also help to keep the earth cool and provide necessary shade for both humans and other plant growth. Recycling plastic not only helps keep our landfills from filling up far too quickly it also helps to prevent hazards to wildlife as well.
If are still not convinced on the benefits of recycling, imagine yourself at the beach but are unable to swim because the water is dirty and polluted. Or imagine what it would be like if there were no trees left in the woods. Think of the animals and plants that would no longer exist without the trees or the water. By recycling, you able to conserve natural resources.
Have you bought or received a greeting card that states "this card is made with recycled paper? And did you know that aluminium cans are smelted to make new cans? So you see, another one of the benefits of recycling is it provides job opportunities. It helps improve the economy.
The benefits of recycling will also benefit you personally. If you raise your own garden, recycling vegetable waste from your kitchen, leaves, and grass clippings can allow you to build your own compost pile and save you hundreds of dollars that you now spend on fertilizers. You can also make some extra income by selling off things that you no longer need but can be recycled and made into something else.
You can also save money by recycling your books and magazines. You can do this by exchanging them with friends or a book exchange club and buying your reading materials at rummage sales. Not only do both of these things save you money but they have added benefits to the environment as well.
Another one of the benefits of recycling include allowing you to shop for items at resale or second hand shops. Many times you can get appliances both large and small at a fraction of the cost that a new one would cost. In these tough economic times saving money is important and even necessary.
You can help others as well as yourself. By taking your items that you no longer need to a thrift or resale store instead of throwing them, you are helping those who are less fortunate than you are. Clothes, tools, kitchen appliances, furniture, and all sorts of things that you no longer have any use can help others save money and live a better life. With the jobless rate and so many people who are still working under reduced hours there are many people who cannot afford to purchase a new set of living room furniture or refrigerator. Being able to purchase good quality second hand clothes, appliances and furniture makes a big difference to these people.
Start recycling. You will feel good knowing that you are not only saving the environment but that you are helping your neighbors, your community and yourself.