For many folks, separating and recycling our paper, metal and plastic waste has become a daily habit. Through a mixture of state initiatives, alarming documentaries, and an influx of reusable, eco-friendly products hitting the shelves, people across the planet are more and more conscious of the world around us and our responsibility to conserve it. How does recycling help the environment?
It helps to guard wildlife
Even the littlest of objects can cause an enormous amount of problems for the animals they come into contact with. This is particularly true for plastic waste. The ocean is filled with creatures which our plastic waste has become liable for disrupting dramatically. Perhaps unsurprisingly, polythene bags are among the biggest culprits.
By recycling these goods and ensuring they don’t end up in the ocean, we will make an enormous difference to the lives of the birds, fish and mammals that live there. Put simply – the more plastic we recycle, the less waste reaches and pollutes our oceans.
However, plastic recycling is simply one example of how we could help protect the planet’s wildlife. By recycling materials like paper and cardboard, for instance, we will also help reduce levels of deforestation. This, in turn, will help to preserve the natural habitat of chimpanzees, orangutans, and other animals suffering from deforestation.
It reduces landfill waste
Perhaps the quickest and most visibly notable benefits of recycling is the reduction of waste reaching landfill. Regardless of how hard we try, it’s likely that we’ll each generate a big amount of waste on a day to day basis. If this waste isn’t separated by material (e.g. plastic, cardboard, metal, etc.) and recycled correctly, it can find itself contributing to the ever-growing piles of waste.
One such issue is that the production of ‘leachate’, a toxic liquid that forms when rainwater combines with the chemicals released from organic (such as food) and non-organic (such as metal) waste. If it runs into local water supplies, leachate can contaminate the water and pose a significant threat to animals living in or nearby the lake or river.
It helps preserve energy and natural resources
One of the key benefits of recycling our waste is the conservation of the planet’s natural resources. Manufacturing products with materials that are recycled and repurposed is a far more energy-efficient process, because it removes the necessity for sourcing and preparing the raw materials. This also lessens the necessity to burn large amounts of fossil fuels, including oil, coal and gas.
When we recycle our waste, instead of throwing it into landfill, we will preserve the Earth’s natural resources and conserve energy simultaneously.
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