09 April 2018

5 Important Reasons You Should Start Recycling Today

Because the earth needs you.
How would it make you feel if everywhere you went there were piles and piles of trash?
That once beautiful parks, beaches, sidewalks were suddenly littered with garbage?
Now, this visual may be extreme, but seeing that there are over 6 billion people on this earth who definitely produce some waste, especially us here in the United States, it might be a good idea to think of the ways we can redistribute it.
So many of the things we use and throw away every day can be re-used, and it’s important for the well-being of our environment that we learn what those things are and how we can help.
Here are five important reasons you should start recycling today, because everything we do today affects our tomorrow. So let's make tomorrow a better place.
#1 - You Are Saving Nature
Nature and the environment, that thing that is outside of our phones and apps and social media and is a living, breathing thing.
Nature is very important, and it’s important to preserve it to the best of our ability.
For example, if everyone re-purposed just one copy of the New York Times, it could save 75,000 trees. That’s a large piece of nature.
For example, it’s important to recycle car batteries because they contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed of, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to Recycle across America, recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans.
#2 - It Will Help the Economy
It sounds crazy, but recycling done right could actually hugely stimulate the economy.
Recycling is a $200 billion industry in the U.S., and recycling generates 7-10 more jobs than landfills and waste energy plants, according to Recycle across America.
If we were to properly recycle, so many new jobs, products, equipment, and more natural resources could be used to boost our economy or trade with other countries.
It can even help to make you a little extra cash, for example, there are companies that will give you money for recycling car batteries, aluminum cans, and large pieces of metal.
#3 - We Contribute the Most Waste
According to the World Watch Institute, although we only make up five percent of the world, we generate way more waste than any other country.
Being that we contribute the most waste, we should probably be the ones who recycle the most.
#4 - We Can Create New out of the Old
According to the EPA, recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. Recycling saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new batteries.
Many manufacturers truly want the materials we use back to reuse in their manufacturing, but they aren't able to reuse the materials if people don't recycle.
#5 - It Will Only Get Worse
In all the time the U.S. had told people to recycle, sadly it hasn’t made a large difference.
According to the EPA, only about 21 percent of the U.S. population recycles. This is a frightening fact considering in less than 15 years the worldwide waste is expected to double.
Now, more than ever, it is really easy to start recycling. All you have to do is know what you can recycle, where it needs to go, and how often you need to put it out or drop it off.
Even when your phone, computer or car battery dies there is a place to take it to recycle.
It’s not too hard to make a little difference that can turn into a big change.

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