8 Major Reasons Why Recycling Is Important In 2020
The recent fires in Australia and the Amazon should serve as a huge wakeup call where climate change is concerned. Though we may not feel the impact in our daily lives, climate change is creeping up slowly to impact our environment in ways as never seen before. As environmental experts survey damages caused by our inconsiderate use and throw culture, many communities are now waking up to the need for recycling. More than ever, here’s why recycling is important in 2020.
- Recycling means conservation of resources
Recycling converts used material into new products reducing the load on consuming natural resources. Obviously, lesser demand means lower production. New products are made from using fresh resources from the earth by various means of extraction such as forestry and mining. As approach the decade with climate changing looming over our heads with the risk of impending disaster, all the more we need to recycle in 2020.
- To reduce pollution so that our kids can breathe cleaner air
Recycled products are manufactured using less energy. This means lower GHG (Greenhouse gases) emissions in comparison to mining, refining and processing. All of this means a reduced burning of fossil fuels. Organic waste can also be recycled into carbon neutral biofuel for the production of energy and renewable gas. This reduces fossil fuels and its impact on our health and the environment.
Consider your own community. Rampant and irresponsible waste disposal such as e-waste on garbage dumps can pollute the environment. It is our kids active in playgrounds, and parks that are exposed to the pollution. We owe it to the next generation to initiate, educate and encourage recycling in 2020.
- Recycling saves energy: It removes the need for raw materials.
It is without doubt that recycling saves energy. Today, there is a vast load upon the Earth’s resources to supply the constant growing demand for energy. As technology makes people richer, lifestyles look towards more convenience. Sadly, to make our lives comfortable, the earth suffers. As mentioned earlier, recycled materials use less energy even when taking into account overall costs of production including transport. Recycling does away the need for sourcing for raw materials and that is the biggest positive impact it has on the environment.
- Recycling reduces load on landfills
In 2020, consumerism is at an all-time high. People purchase goods on whims and fancies. What most people do is either discard old items that are perfectly good to use, or simply dump them in storage at home. Collecting junk is creating pollution at home too. Moreover, dumping trash on landfills can choke these areas with toxic products that release harmful chemicals and gases into the air, methane being the worst of them.
By recycling your trash or discarded goods, you reduce the load on landfills contributing to a cleaner environment. A cleaner and pollution free environment means healthier children, and happier adults.
- Recycling fights climate change and contributes to a stronger economy
One of the main reasons why recycling is important on 2020 is the positive impact on climate change and the economy. The next time you leave your trash out on the kerb for the trashman to take away, you unknowingly are paying a price. In addition to choking landfills and creating greenhouse gases, the health impact is huge. Such pollution causes climate change and a gradual increase in the impact is what ultimately leads to disasters like wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, flood and extreme temperatures. All of these exact a toll on the economy because of destruction of resources and property. On the contrary, recycling and composting reduces greenhouse gases and utilizes resources efficiently. It also leads to more jobs because of new industries and that’s better than landfilling.
- Recycling preserves the rainforests
Some may think it absurd that their trash could be impacting the rain forests miles away but hey, for Mother Nature, there is no USA or Brazil. The earth rotates and environmental impact from one area does affect another as your toxin causing trash is being leached into the environment. Moreover, communities setting examples by recycling can create a domino effect and lead to a worldwide trend.
Because of waste disposal, and greenhouse gases, there is a rampant destruction of natural habitats. Global warming added to this is robbing the planet of its green canopy. It is deforestation in the name of progress and development that creates such problems. Who is responsible? We of course because of our constant need for new stuff. Do we want 2020 to change all that? The answer is recycling. It requires much less energy and thus lower use of raw materials.
- Recycling creates quality food so that children can eat healthy
There are tonnes of organic waste generated daily from homes throughout the US. Take a look at these figures as calculated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
- 7 million Tonnes of food waste was generated in 2017
- 6 million tons of food waste was composted in 2017 (that’s just 6.3% of food waste)
- Approximately 7.5 million tons of food waste was combusted with energy recovery
- 6 million tons of food waste went to landfills
What do these figures tell you? That we aren’t doing enough recycling of food waste to make a positive impact on the environment. When it concerns food waste, we have two choices. We can either allow our food waste, green waste and organic material to decompose in landfills allowing the increase of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that is worse than carbon dioxide or we can resort to recycling for renewable energy or making compost that nourishes soil. Compost increases microbes in the soil that absorbs the carbon dioxide from the air. Compost enriches soil with nutrients reducing the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticides. This in turn leads to healthy and quality food.
- Because we owe it to our children
Our increasing wealth has spoiled us into craving new things. Increasing population means more waste. New lifestyle changes lead to waste that isn’t even biodegradable. All of this is taking its toll on the environment giving us the biggest reason why recycling is important in 2020. The bottom line is that recycling gives us
Healthy food, cleaner air, less pollution, trees get purified and lower rates of climate change caused by changing gases. We owe it to our children.