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How Does Recycling Help the Planet and Why Is It Important?

Nov 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Earth is one of the most beautiful planets in our solar system. It is the only planet that is habitable by humans and other living organisms. The earth is home to many people, and we have all that we need for our survival because Earth produces countless resources for living.  Since there are so many citizens on this planet, it is our responsibility to take care of it and help it continue to take care of us. Recycling is valuable, not only for us but the planet as well.

Recycling is important because it reuses some of the resources that humans use for their survival. For example, trees are spared and are not cut down because people buy recycled paper, or a different recycled paper product, like paper plates. Other items that individuals can recycle are aluminum cans, glass, plastic, clothes, electronics, and even automobiles. There are many benefits to recycling:

·       Recycling Cardboard and Paper – Taking newspapers, used copy paper or notebook paper, and magazines to the recycle center are good because they are sent to printing factories and repurposed into printing paper. Cardboard goes through much of the same process. Be sure to remove all staples and paper clips before taking your items to the recycle station as they can damage the machinery that checks the paper.  

·       Recycling Aluminum Cans – Some of these items may include cans from canned vegetables, as well as soda cans or canned pet food. Paint cans and other cans that contain hazardous substances can also be recycled, but take care when doing so. Make sure you rinse the cans thoroughly.

·       Recycling Glass – The most common colors of glass that are accepted at recycling centers are green, brown, and clear. Again, be sure to rinse the container before putting it into the recycle bin. According to Berryman Glass Recycling, (http://www.berrymanglassrecycling.com/glass-recycling/benefits-of-glass-recycling/), recycled glass can be used in some furnaces as a source of heat as well. Another way to recycle glass.

·       Recycling Plastic – Just about any form of plastic container can be recycled, especially if a #1 or a #2 is on the bottom of it. Don’t forget to rinse the item and remove debris as this could attract pests, or damage the recycling equipment. Plastic bags, like the ones that are used in grocery stores, are recyclable too.

·       Recycling Clothes – You may not think clothes are recyclable, but every time you donate clothes to a charity or to a thrift store, the clothes are being recycled. The same can be said for cars and trucks.

·       Recycling Electronics – Many office supply stores, such as Staples, Quill, Office Depot, and The Green Office, accept and resell used ink cartridges and toner cartridges. They also give a discount or points for customers who do this. Staples will even provide a label for you to return the used cartridges. Some of these retailers offer a trade-in program for a used electronic device, such as a laptop or cell phone, and will even recycle rechargeable batteries for you.

Recycling cuts down the amount of garbage and trash that are in landfills. Most of all, recycling is respecting the Earth and giving back to it because it gives so much to the people who here. Be sure to check with your local recycling center so that you follow their guidelines for recycling various items. Some states have specific instructions, while other states are general, so always double check with your community disposal management system and follow their directions.

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