Earth is our only home and we have a responsibility to protect it. One of the simplest ways to reduce strain on the environment is to recycle. According to an article on Recycling Today, 90% of businesses practice a form of recycling. Recycling is the process of breaking down and re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. Recycling not only benefits our planet, but also benefits anyone involved. Below are two major benefits of recycling:
- Recycling reduces the amount of waste entering landfills
- Conserves natural resources
- Prevents pollution
- Saves energy
- Recycling programs cost the government, taxpayers, and business owners less money than waste programs
- Recycling and manufacturing industries help create jobs in the United States
- People can make money by transporting approved materials to a nearby recycling facility that will pay for the product
Recycling can be done from home, at work, and anywhere you go. Being mindful of packaging, containers, and materials we use can help us be more resourceful. Here are some commonly recycled items and ways to recycle them:
- Aluminum cans:
Aluminum cans are considered scrap metal and can be collected and brought to scrap yards in bulk. Some schools who are in need of funding participate in recycling drives where aluminum cans may be donated. What better way to help the environment and your community!
- Magazines and mixed paper
Most employers have a recycling program in place that includes a recycling bin where you may place all paper products. You may also drop off bins of paper at your local waste management facility. Some artists use magazines for their work; dropping off magazines at local schools, libraries or family shelters is an option before tossing them in the recycling bin. Any food or liquids on paper products can ruin the entire bale and cause it to become unrecyclable. Separating paper from other recyclable material prevents contamination.
Plastic can also be dropped off at local waste management facilities. Ensuring all plastic is rinsed and clean is an important part of the recycling process. A quick rinse before placing it in the recycling bin does the trick!
Recycling is impactful, especially if we all work together. We only have one planet and it deserves to be clean and waste free.
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Written by Nayda Sanchez