Recycling has gained popularity as a way to reduce pollution and help the environment. There are many different types of recycling and many different products that can be recycled into something else. How does recycling reduce pollution? There are four important reasons to recycle.
Recycling helps reduce pollution. The manufacturing process for most products release waste and pollutants within the environment. Chemicals used in manufacturing contribute to water pollution especially if the water that is contaminated is not being tested properly or treated before it is released into the environment. Power plants that are needed to provide energy for manufacturing processes are known to pollute the air with gases.
When recycling occurs instead of using raw or virgin materials, people are reducing the pollution that results from manufacturing these new products. Pollution is also minimized from the burning of fuel in the power plants that need to generate energy for manufacturing the goods.
Wastes that are recycled will not release the poisonous gases and chemicals into the environment during the disposal process.
Recycling conserves resources. The amount of resources is limited. Metals and fossil fuels are not able to be replenished by nature within a person’s lifetime. Also, the more of these resources that we use up for ourselves the less resources there are for future generations.
Recycling makes the need for raw or virgin materials less and there is less need for the resources that have to be planted and harvested or extracted from underground sources. The use of recovered or recycled scrap materials in place of raw materials makes a lower demand for forestry and mining practices which are known to be devastating to the environment.
Recycling conserves energy. An important benefit of recycling is that it conserves energy. Much less energy is used to make products from recycled materials instead of making products from virgin materials.
When products are made from virgin materials, energy is exhausted during the production process; energy is also needed for the extraction of the virgin materials and the transportation of these materials.
Productions of recycled materials need to be broken down into their basic components for use in the manufacturing process. About 95 percent of the energy used to produce an aluminum can from raw materials is saved when using recycled aluminum instead. The amount of energy saved from this process saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours.
The reduction of the amount of energy that is required during the production of new materials through recycling. This also conserves energy resources.
Recycling will reduce deforestation. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials and that helps to preserve the forests. There are many resources from our forested land for paper, furniture and even medicinal herbs.
By meeting the needs for lumber and paper products, there is a large scale deforestation effect happening and it is increasing at a rapid rate. With the loss of each tree, the environment suffers greatly. While trees are being replanted, their growth rate is slow and cannot sustain the continuation of cutting down trees at this rate.