It is in the best interest for us and the planet to recycle many of the materials we use each day. Recycling conserves resources, saves energy, helps to protect the environment and reduces landfill. Many materials such as metals, plastics, papers and textiles can be reprocessed and reused for other applications.
Metals have the ability to be reused over and over again. The primary processes involved in the manufacture and production of metals is the most energy consuming part. Recycling, simply involves re-melting the metal so it can be used again - for example, aluminium. Recycling only takes only five per cent of the energy used to make it from the raw material, bauxite.
Or to put it another way, recycling is twenty times more energy efficient than primary production. Saving energy means reducing carbon emissions, recycling a tonne of aluminium saves 95% of the greenhouse gases emitted during primary production as well as the energy saved.
Plastic products can also be recycled and other countries will pay for this commodity as they lack readily available resources of virgin materials. Although exporting our recyclables means a bigger recycling loop, it is still better environmentally than using raw virgin materials because it minimises the use of oil. The production costs associated with manufacturing goods from recycled plastic is much cheaper than using virgin plastic and the production of greenhouse gases is also greatly reduced.
Paper production comes from wood. Paper is biodegradable, so when sent to landfill, it will rot and produce methane. This is a powerful greenhouse gas which can contribute to climate change. So recycling old newspapers, photocopying paper, office paper will reduce the impact upon the environment. Recycling paper also will reduce the consumption of energy as opposed to manufacturing virgin paper and will reduce the consumption of the rainforest.
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