Facts About Recycling - The Benefits

by guest writer, Asher A

The benefits of recycling are widely known. Facts about recycling reveal that by recycling and conserving earth’s swiftly depleting resources, we are in fact conserving and protecting the few remaining ecosystems left on the planet.

Besides saving the resources of the planet from dwindling further, recycling also helps conserve energy and water when it comes to the production of consumer goods. For example, recycled paper utilizes approximately 70% less energy and 55% less water in production than when producing paper from virgin pulp (read more recycling statistics).

Using recycled materials in production also helps reduce the need for waste disposal, at the same time reduce the emission of poisonous gases from landfills and incineration.

In this age of conspicuous consumerism that we live in, consumer goods do not reach shelves in stores in a benign and non-damaging manner –there are dire costs and impacts to our environment throughout the process of manufacturing to packaging to transporting these goods to the stores.

Facts about recycling demonstrate that producing new items from recycled materials is infinitely more compassionate to the depleted planet than cutting down a forest, mining the earth, or drilling for oil in new locations every time we need natural resources to create fresh products.

An example is the production of paper, in which chlorine plays an important role in the process of removing lignin from wood. This process releases dioxins, which are carcinogenic, into the environment. Conversely, facts about recycling show that recycled paper already is lignin-free and requires merely hydrogen peroxide to clear it of ink. This clearly demonstrates that fewer chemicals are involved in the process of production using recycled materials.

Recycling makes far greater sense from an economic and environmental viewpoint with respect to landfills. A number of cleanup efforts are currently ongoing to keep the waste from manufacturing processes out of landfill sites that are already polluted with large quantities of toxins. The concern is that toxins from these landfill sites could potentially leak out, leading to large scale environmental pollution and fatalities. Cleaning up such landfill sites requires allocation of tax funds by governments world-wide. The volume for cleanup will continue to rise at alarming rates in decades to come. Hence, recycling today can and will help to reduce our landfill disposal woes and ward off future threats to public health.

Read about the other benefits of recycling, other interesting recycling facts, as well as tips on recycling.

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