In years past, people barely acknowledged the rapidly evolving problem that is landfill accumulation. Recycling is the best solution that benefits both the environment and humans. Recycling efforts have been on the rise across the United States. Recycling converts waste into usable products again which in turn saves energy and reduces the need to cut down trees. William Eubanks from Green and Growing states that there are 13 main reasons why recycling is important.
1. Saves Energy: Companies that use recycled materials save more energy than those that use raw materials.
2. Reduces Carbon Emissions: Items that are not recycled are burned producing greenhouse gases.
3. Minimizes Waste Accumulation: Recycling decreases the amount of waste in landfills.
4. Conserves Natural Resources: Recycling reduces the number of natural resources needed.
5. Advances Technology: New eco-friendly times call for companies to develop innovative technology using recycled materials.
6. Property Value Increase: Reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills reduces the number of landfills needed.
7. Saves Us Money: Reusing products that we own keeps us from needing to buy new products.
8. Cleans Cities: Gathering waste and not polluting will keep our streets clean.
9. Conserves Wildlife: Recycling products gets rid of the need to exploit our natural resources avoiding destroying our ecosystems.
10. Sustains Ground Water: Landfills bury garbage that is not biodegradable contaminating groundwater supply.
11. Creates Jobs: With recycling becoming more and more popular more recycling plants are needed.
12. Develops a New Demand for Recycled Goods: It is becoming more popular to buy products that are made from recycled goods.
13. Sustainable Future: recycling helps us create sustainable practices for future generations.
Remember to celebrate National Recycling Day on November 15th!