How to Get Free Stuff by Recycling
Global warming, rising sea levels, melting ice caps, carbon emissions. Among all this talk of doom, gloom, and environmental damage there is a cloud with a silver lining: “Recycling”.
Recycling has become a necessity of everyday life. Items that were once discarded as junk can now be recycled over and over again. Many companies and governments have launched campaigns that encourage recycling in an effort to curb carbon emissions.
The process of recycling starts with the collection of waste materials, which are then sorted. The materials are processed and used to create new products which can be purchased again.
Recycling is most efficient when you practice the three R’s of waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
It’s easy to reduce waste that would normally be sent to a landfill or a recycling center, simply by decreasing consumption, buying less, and creating a compost heap for organic waste. Stop using items that take millions of years to breakdown.
When you reuse an item. it increases the item’s usefulness and makes it better value for money. An example of this is remaking glass bottles into lamps. You can pass on your used cell phone to someone in need.
So why is recycling important, why should you recycle, and how does it benefit the environment?
Protect the environment
When you recycle, you reduce the quantity of waste that would normally end up in a landfill. Although landfill engineering stops toxic chemicals from escaping into the underground water system, over time landfills will begin to leak as the containment material wears out. Some people have recommended burning the solid waste in landfills to generate electricity, but they overlook the fact that burning waste contributes to an increase in carbon emissions and other greenhouse gasses.
Conserve limited resources
By recycling finite resources such as iron, other items such as coal and limestone are saved. When you recycle paper you are helping to save in excess of 8.2 million trees a year. Oil and precious metals are finite resources. Electronics manufacturers now realize that they need a steady supply of these finite materials to make their products. This is why they have implemented a buy back campaign which encourages the recycling of used electronics.
If recycling should take place on a large scale, it would lead to significant reductions on the cost of energy. The energy that is used to extract, process and create is far greater than what is required to recycle.