Recycling is the method of transforming waste materials into new objects or materials. In other words, recycling is the process of reusing materials instead of throwing them away as waste.
Recycling- The only way the earth can became survivable
For centuries man has strived tremendously to make things easier, without which life would’ve been such a mess. Recycling is one of the many ways by which life on earth is made bearable. When the things that are wasted and thrown away are processed and then put to reuse, the phenomenon is known as recycling. Ability to recycle is the best kind of mercy that nature has ever had on our environment. Without it, we all would be surviving in landfills and incinerators and the world would’ve been a hub of pollution and diseases, so much so that there would be time when there wouldn’t be any safe place to live on earth with more garbage and less people in any given locality. But now when industrialization has brought to the environment mess and pollutants, it has also acquired ways to recycle which in turn have controlled the pollution caused by the industries.
How does recycling prevent pollution?
Since the processed products like plastics, metals etc. are reprocessed, they don’t have to go through the manufacturing process all over again, which as a result saves raw materials and energy and prevents pollution. No smoke and land and sea waste is produced because no manufacturing takes place and the polluting extraction process of raw materials is omitted as well from the production process. It’s like we have the processed product in hand which causes harm to the environment only for once and all during the production cycle. Afterwards it will be of the same utility to the public and it will drive the same profits and benefits without having to be reproduced ever again but there is just the need to reprocess it which hardly causes any pollution.
Recycling generates employment and saves money
The economy would suffer unemployment had not there been recycling. This is because the waste management process requires hundreds and thousands of dollars which would lead any industry to economic depression. Today we’re saving money and at the same time investing much lesson employing personnel and workers to conduct recycling activities.
Initiative on the side of the State
Due to recycling, people are encouraged not to litter. Dust bins and garbage cans are placed everywhere with the recycling sign (chasing arrow symbol). From trash, the recyclable stuff is picked and reprocessed.
History of recycling
Recycling is not new to the world. It dates back to the time of Plato when worn out and broken pottery items and tools were reused because there was dearth of raw materials. When recycling is as old as Plato, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that people have always been genius.
Initiatives on our part
Now that we know recycling is one of the most profound achievements of mankind, we must promote it to the best of our abilities. Do you know that the amount of energy which is saved on one recycled glass bottle because of not having to reproduce it is sufficient to light a bulb for four hours? Imagine how many hours of energy we’re saving on daily basis. And of course, if we fully implement the recycling programs in every nook and cranny of the world, including the underdeveloped countries, everything would be so beautified and awesome without any trash and garbage.
Key Facts and Statistics
- As per Statista, in the United States, about 262.4 million tons of municipal solid waste were produced in 2015.
- In the United States, about 137.7 million tons of municipal solid waste were discarded in 2015.
- San Francisco is the best city for recycling in North America.
- In the United States, around 67.8 million tons of waste were used for recycling in 2015.
- 51% of the Americans are engaged in curbside recycling.
- We can save about 66% of energy by generating plastic products using the recycled plastics.