A few years back, say a decade or two ago, nobody was concerned with the accumulation of waste in landfills. There was ample land to create new dumps, and the problem was not as significant as it is today. However, poor waste disposal would later become a disaster, and a solution had to be found. That is how recycling came to be.
Salvaging involves converting waste into new and useful products. About 75% of all waste can be recycled, but we are only reusing 30% of our waste. This is a sure sign that we have to intensify our salvaging efforts.
But why is it so important?
Benefits of Recycling
- Environmental Conservation
Americans generated 254 million tons of trash back in 2013. Most of this waste found its way to the 2,000 landfills in the country. Some of it finds its way to our oceans and lakes where it chokes marine life, while the rest decomposes in the landfills producing methane gas which is known for its greenhouse effect.
However, by stepping up your reutilizing efforts, you reduce the waste in our oceans and reduce carbon emissions which cause global warming.
Moreover, reutilizing will improve groundwater quality. How?
Well, landfills do not treat the waste which is rarely environmentally friendly. These contaminants will pollute groundwater when it rains, or there is a runoff making it harmful for consumption.
- Increases Property Value
One indisputable way to beef up your property value is to reclaim waste. Landfills reduce the resale value as no one enjoys living near a smelly area. It reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills and consequently reduces the number of disposal areas needed.
- Saves Energy
Tossing an aluminum can in the trash takes less than a second. Reusing a can takes the same amount of time and has more benefits. Reusing one aluminum can save enough power to run your TV for up to 3 hours. Moreover, companies that use recycled aluminum use 95% less energy than those that use raw materials.
- Recycling Creates Employment
Plants and industries are required for effective reutilization. If we were to ramp up our efforts of recycling, we would create ten times more jobs than landfill management.
According to a 2016 EPA report, reusing created 1.57 jobs for every 1,000 tons of waste recycled. The total jobs created by recycling were 757,000 and generated more than $36 billion in wages.
So, recycling is good business.
- Ensures a Sustainable Future
There is only so much the environment can offer with its limited natural resources. Recycling ensures that we minimize the immediate effect on the environment and giving it time to recover while creating sustainable habits for the future.
In fact, salvaging one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 2 barrels of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space and 7,000 gallons of water.
Recycling is ABC easy and is a practice you should embrace. Given the benefits contrasted with the disadvantages of poor waste management, it is a no brainer that we should ramp up our efforts. Nonetheless, reusing is not easy while doing it as an individual and that is why you should engage our services to save yourself the trouble.