What are the benefits of recycling?
According to a recent study, we recycle about 32.5% of our solid waste across various different types of goods. What do we do with the rest?
We burn and destroy 12.5% solid waste at incineration facilities, emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere.
The rest of the waste, about 250 million tons of it, ends up in landfills annually throughout the country. If we could separate and recycle this waste, we could easily benefit from it.
Four benefits of recycling and using recycled materials
1. Definitely it’s good for the environment
Recycling can significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. It can save on non-reusable resources as well as water and landfill space, and most of all it can save energy. So, recycling reduces emissions, conserves energy, and reduces pollution.
2. To protect our resources
Throwing away objects in the dumpster could increase the pressure on mining for new raw materials. It also wastes the energy such as fuel and other costs associated with mining. Recycling aluminum cans, steel, copper, and other expensive metals can save costly gas money and mining expenses, as well as conserve valuable resources.
3. Jobs opportunities and reinforce the economy
The idea of recycling is gaining popularity among individuals and companies more than ever for both economic and environmental reasons, and jobs in recycling industries are booming.
4. Improving financial incomes
One of the key benefits of recycling is financial income. We could all find several items in our homes that could be recycled and make money from them. Some such items are old furniture, old phones, cables, metal furniture, aluminum cans, metal containers, old clothes, electrical appliances, and more.