Why is Recycling Important?
Just a few important thoughts as to why recycling is so important. We can all recycle more, starting with paper and plastics every Monday morning! This article hopefully helps stimulate thought and action. Come and hear more from our guest speakers addressing recycling at our Quarterly Meeting on this Tuesday 9 September at 6.30pm at the NG Kerk Greymont.
Recycling is the process of separating, collecting and re-manufacturing or converting used or waste products into new materials. The recycling process involves a series of steps to produce new products.
Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable. Recycling has a lot of benefits and importance not only to us humans but especially to our planet.
Almost everything we see around us can be recycled. Different materials require different techniques when recycled. Recyclable materials commonly include batteries, biodegradable waste, clothing, electronics, garments, glass, metals, paper, plastics and a lot more.
Here are some great reasons why recycling is important:
- Recycling Saves the Earth
Recycling different products will help the environment. For example, we know that paper comes from trees and many trees are being cut down just to produce paper. By recycling it, we can help lessen the number of trees that are cut down. Products made from raw materials that came from our natural resources should be recycled so that we can help preserve the environment.
- Recycling Saves Energy
It takes less energy to process recycled materials than to process virgin materials. For example, it takes a lot less energy to recycle paper than to create new paper from trees. The energy from transporting virgin materials from the source is also saved. Saving energy also has its own benefits like decreasing pollution. This creates less stress on own health and our economy.
- Recycling Helps Mitigate Global Warming and Reduce Pollution
By saving energy in industrial production through recycling, the greenhouse gas emissions from factories and industrial plants are lessened and the use of fuels that emit harmful gasses during production is also minimized. Recycling non-biodegradable waste (rather than burning it) will contribute a lot to help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer.
- Recycling Reduces Waste Products in Landfills
Landfills are mostly composed of non-biodegradable waste which takes long time to decompose. By recycling, we can lessen the waste materials that are placed into landfills and we are able to make the most out of these materials. If we don’t recycle, more and more garbage will go to landfills until they all get filled up. If that happens, where will the rubbish be placed? How would you like a land fill in your backyard?
There are many companies out there that help reduce the problem of overfilling landfills by offering options (like ink cartridges) that make sense. When consumers seek out companies that have established green practices, like Carrot Ink, the consumer wins by not only helping the environment but also by saving money.
Pleases send me your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve recycling in Greymont. Thanks!
Clive P. Malherbe – Chairperson
GREYMONT RESIDENTS FORUM