Why should we recycle?
One reason would be to save resources
All raw materials and all energy are provided by our blue planet Earth.
Unfortunately, most of the provided raw materials and energy are not usable as they appear in Nature and are spread globally in e.g. deposits.
By using energy and resources we have to collect, clean, concentrate, and transform these resources to generate primary raw materials that are usable for people and industry.
Most of what we throw away is made from materials that are slowly running out or cannot be replaced quickly enough because of the amount we consume.
Many of the products we throw into landfills have a value and can be used / recycled again.
What can we recycle?
1) Most of all metals
2) Most of all glass
3) Most of all plastics
4) Most of all paper products
5) Most of all organic materials
When you recycle organic waste on a compost pile you can make compost from kitchen and garden waste. Composting green waste saves valuable space in landfills which is running out.
With recycling you save energy. Making new goods out of recycled material saves energy.
Making new aluminum cans from recycled cans uses 20 times less energy than making cans from the raw material.
1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 30-watt light bulb for 6 hours.
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials and think about all the trees that would stay alive.
Recycling helps to protect the environment to say it different: Recycling helps to protect all of us!
Reducing what we have used and recycling all these materials reduces the need to dig up or mine new raw materials, which always damages the surrounding environment.