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Recycling: The Process And Benefits

Updated on November 14, 2012
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In today’s society, the amount of pollution has increased significantly due to the amount of waste produced by humans and manufactured products of virgin material. As the amount of waste has increased, there has been more pollution entering our atmosphere contaminating the air we breathe and depleting our ozone layer. There are quite a few solutions to help decrease the amount of pollution that we create. One solution to pollution is to recycle by collecting and processing, manufacturing, and purchasing recycled products.

The first step of recycling is to collect and process material such as paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, cans, and envelopes. Newspapers, paper towels, and laundry detergent bottles are all household items that can be recycled as well. The best way to go about this process is to have a trashcan for the collection of your recycled products delivered to your house. This way you can put all of the recyclable items into the bin, which could be collected each month. Another way to collect your recyclable materials is to gather all of your recyclable materials in a bag and to take them to a recycling center that is near your house. After the recycling center has received your recyclable items, they are then separated and prepared into commodities for manufacturing. The separation of these materials are necessary in order to make sure they are cleaned and properly placed with similar material.

The second step of recycling is to manufacture the recyclable items. The recyclable items are then cleaned, sorted, and are manufactured with partial or total recycled content. These recycled materials will then be used in glass in roadways, carpeting, benches, and bridges. The importance of this step is significant in making sure that the right items are manufactured and cleaned accordingly. These items are manufactured mainly in order to make sure that they meet the requirements of being able to be sold again in stores again. After these products are manufactured and are inspected for any tears, cracks, or roughness, they are then shipped off to the stores in huge trucks that deliver the items.

The third step of recycling is to purchase these items again. These items can purchased at any store such as Walmart, Walgreens, and Home Depot. The best part about recyclable items is the fact that more consumers are in high demand for environment friendly products, which means that the producers of these need to have an adequate supply of high quality items at all times. The more that you purchase these items, the less amount of trees there are used in order to make paper and to be made into logs for fires. Also, the less amount of CFC’s or carbons that are released into the air due to more paper being produced from trees, which in the long run decreased the amount of pollution in our air. Our lakes and oceans would remain less contaminated as well due to least amount of trash thrown into them or that washes away into them due to someone not properly throwing the items away into a trashbin.

Finally, the benefits of recycling are numerous. Recycling not only prevents pollution, recycling also helps sustain our environment for the future. Recycling does this by using less trees, decreases the amount of carbons produced into the air, and also reuses material that we need over and over again. Another benefit of recycling is that is conserves our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. Recycling does this by using less water and minerals that are used in manufacturing material that we need on a daily basis. Also, recycling helps with the expansion of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Recycling helps with the expansion of manufacturing jobs due to the increasing amount of workers needed in order to operate the machines so that the recyclable items are recycled. The amount of landfilling and incineration is greatly reduced because of recycling due to only things such as food and non-recyclable items going into the trashbin. The less amount of items overall in the trashbin, the less amount of waste that needs to be transported to the landfills on a weekly basis. The incineration also reduces due to the less amount of products that go into the trashcan as well. Similary, recycling decreases the amount of emissions that contribute to global warming. Global warming is harmful because of the fact that the ozone layer is constantly being depleted meaning that the sun harmful rays will eventually warm the planet, melting the ice, and making this planet too warm to live on.

In conclusion, recycling is one of the best solutions in order to decrease the amount of pollution in our society. The pollution in our society affects the air we breathe, the ozone layer, and the water that we drink. In order to overcome the problem of pollution, materials that can be reused and again should be recycled. These materials include things such as plastic, paper, aluminum, and cans. Likewise, there are three steps to recycling material that can be reused again and again. The three steps to recycling material are to collect and process, manufacture, and purchase the recyclable materials. These environmental products can be purchased at any store such as Walmart or Walgreens. These items are mainly purchased by people whom are in high demand for these eco-friendly products, resulting in more manufactures ensuring that they have the right amount of supply available at each store at all times.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great overview of the process. I try to recycle as much as I can. I also try to find ways to reuse things around the house so I don't have to put them into the trash or recycling bin in the first place.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Yes I love recycling and anything to help the environment is a sure thing in my book. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I have been recycling for about five years. I deliver my recyclables to the center myself and only put out about one bag of regular trash every month. Thank you for this article which encourages us to do the right thing.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @cam8510 thanks for the feedback and im glad that you recycle. The more people recycle, the less population there is in the air and on the land.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      recycling is mandatory in Wisconsin, where I live. Every two weeks the city picks up our recycled paper, bottles and cans. Electronics, and such have to be taken to designated recycle places. It seems to work fairly well.

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