What is Recycling and why is it important?

By Shyam Subedi
Jan 31, 2022

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution, and water pollution by decreasing the need for ‘conventional’ waste disposal and lowering greenhouse gas emissions compared to plastic production.

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction, and an important component of the ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ waste hierarchy.

Why is It important?

The advantages of recycling are numerous; everyone benefits when we recycle on a regular basis. Whether it is a community effort to help beautify the neighborhood or assist a corporation and save hundreds to thousands of financial resources on waste management.

Environmental Advantages

1. People can prevent millions of tons of material from entering landfills by recycling, freeing up space for rubbish that can't be repurposed. They account for enormous methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Landfills destroy the environment while also detracting the city's aesthetic appeal.

2. Recycling decreases raw material extraction requirements (mine, quarrying, and logging), refining, and processing, all of which pollute the air and water. Increased recycling can considerably reduce toxins emissions into air and water.

3. Recycling lowers greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by saving energy and helps combat climate change.

It is now easier than ever to help the environment since there are so many more recyclable things including electronics, plastics, batteries, and light bulbs to name a few.

Reduce and Reuse are important but as for the things that already exist: Recycle.

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