The Benefits Of Recycling

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The Benefits and Importance of Recycling Recycling is important because it benefits the environment by reducing the energy it takes to make the products. If we would recycle things it would keep the landfills from piling up, which could end up on oceans and streams. Recycling reduces trash in landfill sites, which cuts down on the cost of waste disposal and the clearing of more land for new landfills which then current landfills become too full to store and more waste. Recycling is an easy and less expensive alternative to clearing more land for new landfills. Most waste in not biodegradable, which then stays in the landfills for years to come, just sitting there and piling up with the rest of the trash. Recycling would allow us to reuse the materials over and over again. Recycling saves energy primarily because it reduces the need to extract and refine natural resources. For many materials, the energy to recycle is less than the energy needed to make it from scratch, even after factoring the energy involved in collecting and sorting recyclables. Recycling reduces air and water pollution because the recycling process reduces the amount of air pollution produced by power plants and the amount of water pollution produced by chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Recycling reduces the garbage placed in landfills, which helps the environment by reducing the need for new landfills. Because modern landfills are sealed tightly in an attempt to protect the environment from contamination, they also inhibit degradation of organic waste. Items that consumers purchase because they are biodegradable and therefore, are supposed to decay quickly, are taking decades to decay when sealed off from air and water. Papers, including newspapers, are a major filler of modern landfills. If individuals would recycle all of their newspapers, they could significantly prolong
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