There are many wonderful benefits of recycling for the environment. In this article, we highlight some of the best ones, from saving energy to conserving natural resources. By recycling and choosing recycled products we can all help make a positive impact on the planet.
Recycling reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. When recycled, materials get converted into new products which can be reused, rather than sent to landfills as waste.
When waste is sent to landfills, it produces harmful greenhouse gasses. Landfill produces methane, which has a negative impact on our environment by contributing to global warming. Recycling helps reduce greenhouse gasses and lessens the impact of climate change as waste is not sent to landfills.
Conserve Natural Resources
Most of the world’s natural materials are finite, which means they will run out. We need to preserve these natural resources for future generations. Recycling helps conserve these precious raw materials such as timber, water, and minerals.
Manufacturing new products require extracting, and therefore depleting, raw materials from the Earth. Recycling helps to prevent this by using materials that you already have.
By recycling, you can help save energy. This is because it takes less energy to make a product out of recycled materials than it does to make a brand new product from raw materials.
More energy is needed to extract, refine, and transport fresh, raw materials from scratch. Recycling enables you to make the same product but uses far less energy to do so.
Protect Ecosystems and Wildlife
Harvesting raw materials can disrupt the natural world. Many important ecosystems and habitats for animals and plant species can suffer in the process. Because recycled products don’t need new resources to produce, there is no need to disturb these natural habitats. Thus, protecting the ecosystems and wildlife of the planet.
Some natural materials are extracted by logging, mining, or quarrying, which creates air and water pollution. By using existing materials, recycled products do not require extraction techniques. By not sourcing new materials, recycling helps reduce carbon emissions. Helping to prevent pollution, in turn, helps to prevent climate change.
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