Most of the materials we throw away as trash can actually be recycled by cleaning, processing, and turning them into something else. It is vital to our environment to recycle all materials that can be recycled to reduce landfill waste and its harmful effects on the planet. Recycling has a significant positive impact on the environment and reduces pollution.
Industry leaders, caring for the environment, have shared some critical reasons we all need to get on board with recycling.
Reduces Greenhouse Gasses
“Recycling is important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. We’re generating more non-biodegradable waste all the time, landfill sites are filling up fast and the rubbish is releasing harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases. By recycling all your waste, you’re reducing the pollution caused by waste. Recycling requires much less energy compared to making products from raw materials and therefore helps to preserve natural resources.
“Make sure you understand what can be recycled, how you have to separate elements from packaging to make them suitable for recycling and how the process works in your area, so you’re putting the right things in the correct bins to ensure your waste does not end up in landfill.”
Sarah Spencer, Founder, and Director of Eco Passion
Recycling E-Waster Can Prevent Destruction of Copper Pits
“As a tech expert, I am very aware of the amount of E-waste being sent to landfills and incinerators and how scary it is to think about how they contain metals and plastics made out of various compounds that, as they break up, really hurt our planet. Chargers, wires, and cables contain a lot of copper which are not easy to obtain and recycling them properly is a great way to get back all that copper without participating in the destruction caused by copper pits.”
Matthew Paxton, Founder Hypernia
Leads to Creation of Jobs
“Recycling takes place in activities. If the act of recycling is raised, many recycling plants will be set up. More recycling plants mean more jobs. Statistically, recycling makes 10 times more employment opportunities than landfill waste management. Recycling 14,000 tonnes of waste makes nine jobs, and germinating it creates seven jobs, but landfilling it forms just one job. Choosing to recycle isn’t just good for the atmosphere, it’s good for the recession too.”
Shiv Gupta, CEO of Incrementors SEO Services
Prevents Environmental Pollution
“Humans have changed the ecosystem more rapidly over the past several decades and resource extraction has continued to threaten natural resources as the world’s population continues to grow. Thus recycling is considered important to mankind to protect the future of the earth. The main reason recycling is important is because it prevents environmental pollution, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the number of wastes that end up in landfills.
“As we continue to advance into the future the need to extract more raw material from the environment is becoming more and more expensive, which also uses up a lot of energy. When we recycle, we extract less, which converts our precious natural resources. The more we recycle the more we can protect our resources. Now with many people concerned about the environment and its protection, recycling is also considered a job creator. Recycling isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the economy too.”
Harriet Chan, Co-Founder of CocoFinder
Ensuring Some Materials Can be Reused While Preventing Others From Harming the Earth
“There are some materials that still have use or are harmful, long after it serves its purpose. Recycling ensures that scrapped materials can get a second use, rather than rusting away at the bottom of a landfill, like the copper and gold wiring in electronics. Other materials, such as batteries, contain chemicals that are caustic and can be poisonous or harmful for the environment should they find their way into the earth. Recycling allows these chemicals to be contained and neutralized into its harmless components to prevent ecological harm.”
Matthias Alleckna, Energy Analyst at EnergyRates.ca
Reducing Trash Affects Our Water, Our Environment, And Ultimately Our Health
“Living in Florida has caused my passion for recycling and the environment to flourish. Some of the beaches, the wetlands, and the streets, are littered with trash. Thankfully, there are great organizations that help and educate people on these issues. For example, the Surfrider Foundation organizes clean-ups and advocates for cleaner environments and water. Creating less trash in the first place is the easiest way to start being environmentally conscious. Limiting single-use plastics is the most effective and important way to make a difference. After that, recycling properly and composting can greatly reduce the amount of trash created and microplastics in our environment.
“Many people might think they don’t have the time or it is unimportant, but the truth is reducing trash affects our water, our environment, and ultimately our health. Asthma in children and adults is growing due to air quality, there are a wide host of issues related to poor water quality (for example Flint, Michigan), and our food can be contaminated by trash in the environment. Recycling and reducing the creation of trash and waste directly affect the health of our environment, and our population.”
It Channels Our Inner Creativity
“I consider myself as a Green Panther, since I was young I have been taught how to recycle things as much as possible. I was taught, not only in school, but also in my home, its importance. Of course, it is a basic knowledge that recycling can be our own little way of helping mother nature. It prevents pollution and reduces the amount of waste created by us humans. But another important factor of recycling is that it lets us channel our inner creativity as well. It teaches us how to create something out of anything that we consider trash. It develops our ideas and skills through a helpful and practical way.”
Robert Johnson, Founder Sawinery
Recycling can Reduce the Rapid Consumption of Fossil Fuels
“As our population keeps growing, the demand for raw materials is increasing. Recycling can help answer this growing demand and keep our environment safe from the exploitation it is currently experiencing. If we keep answering this demand by harvesting more materials from nature, we might lose not only the habitat of wild animals but also our own habitats. For example, we might need to find a better water source as the current source we have won’t be enough for everyone. Recycling allows us to extend humans’ lives here on earth by preserving what is left of our environment.”
Nate Tsang, Founder & CEO at WallStreetZen