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As landfills across the nation continue to get filled up quicker than ever, more and more emphasis is being placed on recycling as many different materials as possible. If you have decided to make the extra effort to preserve the planet, you are among the rough one-third of Americans who choose to recycle on a regular basis. If you’re wondering how to recycle and why it is so important, keep these tips in mind.
When you recycle, you accomplish many things. To start with, you are ensuring fewer materials are wasted and wind up in landfills, rivers, or even oceans unnecessarily. You are also helping to keep wildlife safe since there are numerous instances of animals getting injured or even dying from getting caught up in or digesting plastic. Energy savings are also substantial since less energy is used during the recycling process. Finally, you are actually helping to create jobs, since the U.S. recycling industry employs well over 700,000 workers.
Although you cannot recycle everything you use, advances in technology now make it possible to recycle more and more things. For example, if you have had your home’s plumbing updated recently, you may be able to do copper recycling with the wires and other parts. You can also recycle such items as paper, glass, plastic, metals such as aluminum and steel, and even your car battery. Since it can take a plastic bottle as long as 600 years to break down and a glass jar perhaps as long as one million years, the importance of recycling cannot be emphasized enough.
When you want to recycle, the good news is that it is much easier than you realize. For example, if you want to recycle plastic bags you get at grocery stores and elsewhere, many stores have recycling bins where you can deposit your old bags on your next shopping trip. Many localities in the U.S. offer curbside recycling pickup, often providing residents with recycling cans that look like standard trash cans. Finally, you can often find recycling stations around cities, usually located at or near shopping centers or other places where people congregate.
Conclusively, despite decades of emphasizing the importance of recycling, minimal amounts of plastic, glass, and other materials are recycled each year. Now that you know why recycling is so important, how you can do it, and the various items that can be recycled, it’s time to start preserving your planet’s natural resources.
About the Author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.