Collecting and using materials over again that would normally be thrown away is called recycling. There are three main types of recycling, including tertiary, secondary, and primary. Primary recycling happens when you take one product, such as cans, and turn it into more cans.
Secondary recycling is when you take a product and turn it into something similar such as a tire being made into rubber mulch, and tertiary recycling is when chemicals are used to break the product down to a completely different product. Recycling is important because it helps to get rid of waste and can help to save resources and causes there to be less waste to deal with.
1. Papers & Newspapers
You need 24 trees to produce a single tonne of newspapers.
It makes so much sense to recycle any paper you have at home, which can reduce new trees from being cut down.
2. Aluminum Cans
These are so easy to recycle, melting them down into ingots, which can then be sold to make parts for cars.
Of course, there are many different uses for recycled aluminum cans, but many of them get reused to create new soda cans.
3. Plastic Bottles
Single-use plastic bottles and are convenient. But, in the U.S., we use about 50 million every day.
If we recycled just one, it could save enough energy to power a 60W lightbulb for up to six hours.
4. Glass Bottles
The average family in the U.S. throws away 500 bottles and glass jars every year.
Glass is one of those products that are 100% recyclable
Simple glass bottles and jars – like the one peanut butter comes in, can easily be reused and recycled.
Batteries are great to have. But, they also contain dangerous chemicals that are bad for the environment.
These chemicals leak into the water table and environment.
Having millions of old batteries leaking chemicals that are in landfill sites would undoubtedly be not good for the environment.
Food waste is a big problem in America
In America, we throw away 27 million tons of food every year. The American consumer spends around $144 billion every year on food and 43% of this food is wasted and throw in the trash.
Food is wasted in supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, schools and at home in your own house.
A lot of this food is throw away is perfect and could have been eaten.
It’s incredible to think that in some parts of the world, people are going hungry, but it’s terrible that we are merely throwing food away, which is a massive waste of money.
The Humanitarian Cost
According to The National Resource Defense Council, if we could rescue just 15% of the food that’s wasted, we could feed 25 million Americans each year. Waste management and curbside recycling and really helping but we need more.
That’s an incredible 1.8 billion meals that could be provided for people that need it.
Recycling is good for the environment because it helps to use materials that are already here to make other materials that can be used again.
When we do this, it helps to get rid of some of the pollutions that comes from the trash.
Trash can be very harmful to the environment. People use over 1.5 tons of waste per year.
This is each person. That means that with there being over a billion people on Earth, that is a lot of trash!
We have landfills that are used to hold trash, but as the landfills fill up, there are fewer places to put trash after it is used. Also, the landfills can cause there to be pollution from the chemicals that go into the soil and get into the air and the water supply.
There are many things that can be recycled such as
Some of the things that we use every day such as soda cans, coffee lids, plastic water bottles, computers, old cereal boxes, plastic containers, and even milk cartons can go into recycling bins and be recycled.
Recycling these items can help the environment to be safe from pollution.
Reusing is another part of recycling. Reusing is when we take items that we have, and we reuse them for something else.
A great example of this is a milk carton. If your dad has a toolbox, he can use the milk carton to hold his screws and nails.
Reusing items can help you to not add more waste to the environment.
Other things that can be reused are shopping bags, rags, old clothing, plastic bottles, boxes, and more.
Another important recycling program is reducing and reducing means that we do not buy more things than we need. By reducing what we buy, we help to save energy and the use of water to make more products.
We can reduce what we use by walking instead of driving, by riding together in one car, and by taking a bike instead of the bus. All of these ideas help to save gas and air pollution.
Recycling is important because it helps to protect our environment.
With recycling, people can save wildlife because landfills have to take up many wildlife areas to be filled.
By recycling, we can use fewer landfills and save our wildlife and habitats.
Recycling also saves money. By recycling, people can save money on new products that they buy, and many places will pay people to turn in bottles and plastics for recycling.
Recycling also helps to lessen pollution. Using products that are recycled helps to take away a lot of air and water pollution.
When landfills are full, they can hurt the environment. By recycling, we put less trash into the landfill.