Paper comes from trees, metals from certain rocks and ores, glass from sand and plastic from oil. Recycling of these items means saving energy, fuel, labour, cost and time which otherwise is extensive in the manufacturing of virgin products. By using products more than once, we conserve natural resources.
Why is Recycling Important?
``As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations.``
What are the environmental benefits of recycling?
It conserves energy, reduces air and water pollution, reduces greenhouse gases, and conserves natural resources.
Everyone knows recycling means less rubbish going to our landfills and oceans but the greatest environmental benefit of recycling is the conservation of energy and natural resources and the prevention of pollution that is generated when a raw material is used to make a new product.
What is recycling’s greatest economic benefit?
Recycling is part of an ethic of resource efficiency – of using products to their fullest potential. When a recycled material, rather than a raw material, is used to make a new product, natural resources and energy are conserved. This is because recycled materials have already been refined and processed once; manufacturing the second time is much cleaner and less energy-intensive than the first.
One ton of recycled plastic saves:
5,774 Kilowatt-hours of energy
30.4 cubic yards of landfill space
1,000 to 2,000 gallons of petrol
16.3 barrels of oil
98 million BTU's of energy
By reusing plastics, and other materials, we can save production and energy costs, and reduce the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin plastic has on the environment.