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Why Is Recycling Important Essay

In my essay, I evaluate the environmental benefits of recycling and its importance on our future. After all, there is now scientific evidence showing that global warming may be irreversible within 15 years, which means the world will start warming up non-stop until all life on earth is dead. Here I evaluate the environmental benefits of recycling and how this may help slow the global warming. Slowing global warming would be a good thing, as it will soon destroy the earth.

Recycling protects the environment. It means that fewer resources are needed to create products, which means less pollution and less decimation of our natural world. On the flip side, recycling is not always economically viable, which means a company or a person must do it without any financial reward, and since most people are motivated by money–it is safe to say that recycling is not a top priority for most people.

Recycled products may not last as long, but that argument has severe flaws. The quality of an item usually depends on the production/manufacture process and not the materials. For example, a consumer item may easily be created using high quality materials and yet be of a very poor quality. The reverse is also true, however, the fact that recycled products may (sometimes) be of a lower quality is a point against recycling. However, there are many times when the energy saved through recycling means that creating more than one through recycling saves enough energy and materials to make two products for the same energy/materials cost of making one from new. This means the process of recycling means even lower quality items are worth making because they can easily be replaced without excess energy/materials being spent/used.

There are many items that are not safe to recycle and many that are unhygienic to recycle. This means that some items may never be recycled both now and in the near future. On the flip side, there are a lot of products and materials that can be recycled, and the amount of pollution they save is massive. If there were a way of making unsafe and unhygienic things so that they may be recycled, then the reduction of pollution would extend even further.

Recycling is not widespread enough, and as long as there is no financial benefit to recycling it is unlikely that it will be widespread. This is a shame because there are financial benefits that will benefit the entire community and country. For example, less space in landfills means less need for taxes to pay for them. There is also the fact that more green jobs means more money in the pocket of the general public. More green jobs will also help the economy, which is going to help people lead better and healthier lives.

Conclusion

To conclude my evaluation, I find that recycling is obviously very important if we wish to slow the destruction of this planet. We need to do more to increase the amount of recycling that goes on in our country. We also need to find ways of recycling items that are unhygienic and/or unsafe.

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.

The amount of rubbish we create is constantly increasing because:

  • Increasing wealth means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste.
  • Increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste.
  • New packaging and technological products are being developed, much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable.
  • New lifestyle changes, such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable.

Environmental Importance

Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment.

  • Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
  • Habitat destruction and global warming are some the affects caused by deforestation. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials so that the rainforests can be preserved.
  • Huge amounts of energy are used when making products from raw materials. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve natural resources.

Importance To People

Recycling is essential to cities around the world and to the people living in them.

  • No space for waste. Our landfill sites are filling up fast, by 2010, almost all landfills in the UK will be full.
  • Reduce financial expenditure in the economy. Making products from raw materials costs much more than if they were made from recycled products.
  • Preserve natural resources for future generations. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials; it also uses less energy, therefore preserving natural resources for the future.