Recycling conserves precious resources that we are greatly overusing. When we recycle, we allow used materials to be converted into new products without using any additional raw materials. This reduces the need to take raw materials from existing resources and allowing us to reuse ones that have already been taken. This helps conserve necessary raw materials that are obtained through deforestation or mining excavation, which are both detrimental to our planet.
Recycling also saves irreplaceable amounts of energy. It costs incredible amounts of money and requires more energy to extract, refine, process, and transport raw materials into new products. Using recycled materials to create new products not only requires less energy because the products have already been created at one time, but also costs less because there is much less processing and preparation needed to convert the recycled materials into new products.
Recycling is also protecting the environment in which we are quickly devastating to irreparable means. Recycling old products to create new ones means less extraction of raw materials is necessary. Mining, logging, and quarrying are ruining our natural habitats, killing entire species, and creating substantial water and air pollution. Recycling also reduces greenhouse gas emissions that are created when processing raw materials. Recycling programs, such as the one currently implemented in the UK, can prevent more than 18 million tones of CO2 gas entering the atmosphere ever year – that is the equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off of our roads! Now, imagine if all of our countries implemented similar programs; our planet would be in a lot better condition than it is now.
Additionally, recycling reduces the ever-growing size of landfills. Landfills are filled with non-biodegradable products, making landfills permanent landmarks of filth, trash and garbage that can never be used again. The rubbish filling the landfill will never go away, and the land that the landfill sits on is no longer usable for living, growing, or anything other than a landfill for that matter. The more we recycle, the less garbage goes into our landfills, and the more land we have to living or preserving.
Sources: Recycle Now