Why We Love Recycling (And You Should, Too!)
You know how much waste we generate every day? Studies show that each person generates about 1 kg of garbage daily and that this number is expected to increase over the course of time. What’s most alarming is that this waste not only pollutes the earth, but it has also spread to the ocean, harming marine life. Every day approximately 1,000,000 sea creatures die from plastic pollution. We have filled our environment with large amounts of waste, and if we want to improve our living conditions and protect the environment, it is necessary to take action. We must reduce our waste and for that, a good solution is recycling.
What is Recycling?
Recycling is a process in which waste is converted into reusable raw material in the manufacture of new items. There are many types of waste that can be recycled and we use most of them in everyday life, like: paper, glass, aluminum, plastic and cardboard.
What for some is considered waste, for many it is a very valuable resource. That is why the number of companies engaged in the collection of recyclable material has increased.
Benefits of Recycling
We mentioned that recycling helps reduce the amount of waste, but what other benefits does it provide? Recycling is not only conducive to the protection of the environment; it is also good for the economy. This is because recycling saves raw material and energy that would be used to make new products. For example, each ton of recycled paper represents energy saving of 4100KWH. Also, making recycled paper uses 100 times less water than producing it from wood.
Recycling also helps reduce the need for landfills and prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products. It also protects natural resources, avoiding greater use of things such as timber, water and minerals. And one of the most important benefits, is that it reduces emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate and global change.
Recycling at Home
Are you interested in participating in the culture of recycling? It is clear that companies have a responsibility to recycle, but we can also make a difference. Unfortunately, only 7% of household waste is recycled. This is mostly because people see it as something complex, but they are wrong.
The first thing to consider is that every day you purchase many products and materials that end up in the trash. We live in a society where consumerism is promoted, so we have become used to disposable things. We forget that every object we throw away, ends up polluting our environment. For this reason, whenever we decide to buy something, we must not only choose the product based on quality and price, but also on its environmental impact. It is also important to consider the company that manufactures the product and what their practices are, as many of these companies care little about the environment.
To begin implementing recycling, it is necessary to change our habits at home and therefore teach our children to follow in our footsteps. Recycling at home is not difficult, it’s just a matter of learning and being organized. A first step is to place four different containers for separate waste. In these containers, you can separate paper and cardboard, plastics, metals and organic matter. Are you wondering why? There are materials that take many years to biodegrade, there are also those that need special treatment-such as oils, batteries, furniture, clothes and appliances. In addition, by separating the trash you facilitate the process of recycling.
- Paper and Cardboard: when recycling paper, check it to remove staples, clips and other plastic or metal materials. In this container you can put cardboard boxes like cereal or shoe boxes, and egg cartons. What you should not throw in this container are packing boxes, paper napkins, pizza boxes or any dirty material that has food on it.
• Plastics: here you can include drink bottles, plastic caps, plastic bags, etc. Try to rinse out your bottles before recycling them so that they are clean. When we recycle plastic, we reduce oil consumption, since for each kilogram of plastic made, 2 kg of crude oil are needed.
- Metals: this is where your soda cans, bottle caps and any other product that contains metal goes. By recycling metals, we save between 30% and 70% of energy.
• Organic Matter: this category includes food scraps like peels, leaves, twigs and seeds, which can be converted into fertilizer for plants.
• Glass: this is a highly recyclable product, since its material can be easily recovered.
So remember, an important aspect when you commit to recycling is changing your habits. Each time you go to throw something away, you should verify whether it can be recycled. Your contribution can make a big difference in the future of our planet. Invite your friends and every member of the family to follow in your footsteps. Together we can make big changes in our society. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your contribution to the world and the future of the next generations.
If you have children, begin to teach them the habit of recycling at an early age; you will see how they can have fun while protecting the planet. Small efforts make big changes!