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What Not Recycling Will Do To You

Updated on April 20, 2012

The Consequences of Not Recycling!

Recycling isn't exactly a new idea, but it's only moved to a more important aspect of everyone's lives within the last few years. We're still slow on progress in the green world, but some things have been accomplished. Is this enough? The answer, simply, is no, and we need to continue to focus our efforts on more green ideas, conservation, and of course, recycling.

Some people, however, just cannot be convinced. For those skeptics, here's a list of things that might happen if you don't recycle.

The Top Ten Things that Will Happen When you Don't Recycle & Reasons Why you Should Recycle

Why should you recycle?

10. Higher fuel prices. Producing more aluminum, textiles, plastic, paper, and other brand new materials from scratch will consume far more energy than salvaging and reusing old materials. The more brand new products that must be created, the more energy used. The more energy used, less fuel is available. Less fuel, higher price.

9. Your children! Do you really want to leave this whole mess for your children to fix? A world without recycling is going to be a very hard existence down the line. Do your part now and make it easier on future generations.

8. More work and more consumer debt. The higher fuel costs rise, the more everyone will have to work to catch up with rising fuel costs. The only alternative would be to fall into debt.

7. Contaminated drinking water. Throwing away toxic materials like paint, batteries, CFL bulbs, and chemicals will inevitably find their way back into the groundwater. Public water plants can't filter out everything, not to mention it affects wildlife, too. You can make your current water cleaner with these recommended tap water filters.

People Love Green Businesses!

If you have a business or work for yourself, people appreciate and remember the sentiment of adding green elements to your business. Use organic products? Bio degradable trash bags? Recycle all of your plastic waste? Let your customers know about it and you'll be rewarded back!

What's the hardest thing for you to recycle?

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Dumpsters...Are They Sucking Our Wallets Clean??

Have you ever rented a dumpster? They're insanely expensive! If you have a work dumpster or a dumpster at an apartment/condo complex, this is a huge cost for your employer and for the condo association/landlord. Higher costs for them = higher rent for you or less money they have to pay you!

More Reasons why you Should Recycle

..and what will happen if you don't recycle!

6. The world becomes a giant dump. Landfills everywhere, garbage smell all over the place. The earth is only so big, where are you going to put all of this garbage? The only solution is to reuse things you've used before and to not use as much stuff.

5. It's less expensive than throwing it away. Dumpsters cost money, and so does trash pickup. Recycling is free.

4. More jobs. Recycling creates far more opportunities for employment than landfills and incinerators. More jobs will stimulate the economy and lower prices of goods.

Recycling Helps Wildlife, You, and Your Wallet!

Breathe easier, let your wallet get fatter, and help out the earth!

3. It kills wildlife. Creating more waste not only takes up more space that wildlife use, but they use it as a feeding ground. Animals don't know any better than to scavenge off of our food scraps and waste, and can't diffrentiate between safe and unsafe food. There are also a number of harmful contaminants and materials in landfills that will easily kill or trap animals, like fishing line, nets, and plastic can rings (the kind that are on six pack containers to hold them together).

2. Cleaner air. Creating virgin products instead of recycling in most cases uses much more energy, and creates unhealthy emissions. Continued emissions leads to unhealthy living conditions and smog.

1. This is one point that everyone will understand: money. Creating brand new packaging, metals, plastics, paper and other materials on the average uses far more energy than recycling previously used materials. Use this as your arguing point if some stubborn people don't want to see it your way. Most people will understand when you mention the money and economic factor. A good example is aluminum. As opposed to creating new aluminum, recycling old aluminum uses 95% less energy.

Something Everyone Can Understand!

When all else fails, most everyone will understand money. If a person is very stubborn and can't understand the benefits of recycling, remind them of how it can benefit them personally or be financially rewarding. Solar energy is a good example, and can be a great investment. Not only will you not have to pay for your own electricity, but in some areas you can sell the excess electricity you don't use back to the electric company!

Come visit Chartreuse to start your path to a greener life!

Come visit Chartreuse to start your path to a greener life!
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    • athulnair profile image


      3 years ago from India

      If we continue to pile up the garbage at this rate, soon there will not be any landfill area left in this world.

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      6 years ago

      It's nice to see a different perspective on this issue. There's so much of "you really should recycle, it's good for the earth." It's about time somebody said something about what would happen if people *didn't* recycle. I'm glad you did.

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      Callmenette LM 

      7 years ago

      I'm showing this lenses to my husband! I try to get him to recycle! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Some excellent points that should make even the sceptical consider becoming greener.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Substantial info. You are right. Those dumpsters are really expensive. When we renovated our house, we have to rent this for some time and after several dumps, you get too understand the need for not buying so many things.

    • jackieb99 profile image


      7 years ago

      Scary stuff if lots of people don't recycle!

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      7 years ago

      Good reminders for why we should recycle!

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very well written and beautifully presented. Blessed by an angel!

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      7 years ago

      Recycling is a win-win situation for everyone involved if done properly!

    • Bradshaw LM profile image

      Bradshaw LM 

      8 years ago

      Recycling, even on a minor scale, done every day will do a lot to help the planet and the individual on a measurable scale over time. Good information on this lens. Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      Well, it is the electronics that have us stumped! You would NOT believe how many of "them" things are cluttering up our spare closets.

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      Carol Fisher 

      8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This should be required reading for anybody who doesn't recycle whatever they can. Blessed by an Angel.

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      8 years ago

      Very inspirational to be more green.

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      8 years ago

      How cool...loving all the ideas!

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      8 years ago

      nice lens. well written recycling facts. recycling is not that difficult considering its benefits not only this time but for the future generations.

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      I don't see anything that would be hard to recycle as I have my card for the recycling container where I can go once a month to bring those things I can't do anything with...

      Great lens!

    • kathys55 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Lens! These are some great facts on why everyone should be recycling.Lens rolled you to my lens recycleyourstuff. It's a 5!

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      8 years ago

      An excellent "green" lens and exactly the sort of lens I love to see in this category. Should be required reading for everyone! SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens - very informative!

      Thanks for popping into my depression glass lens recently...I appreciate it!

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      9 years ago

      This is a great lense. it is so important not to be selfish and think of future generations. Your children's children could thank you.

    • Lou165 profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      What a cool title and idea for a lens, it's refreshing to approach recycling in a different way.

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      Sharron Calvin 

      9 years ago from Santa Fe, New Mexico

      Excellent lens! I am going to lensroll it over to my Building with Recycled Paper lens.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      We all need to do our part, to reuse and recycle.

      Thanks for sharing


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      9 years ago

      The "Something Everyone Can Understand" section stood out for me. If everything else fails then you can usually count on the cash making the difference!

      This is a wonderful lens that gets the message across in a number of different ways, is well thought out and visually appealling. 5 Stars, well done.

    • Mortira profile image


      9 years ago

      I love tip #1! Hit 'em wear it hurts - the wallet. It's true that although many people are totally blank about caring for the Earth that provides for us, they certainly don't want to give up more money than they have to. As if that money will be any good once the trees are all gone.

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      9 years ago

      You and your page are a featured lens on Green Tips- Quick Fixes, Easy, & Long Haul Choices! this week. :)

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Excellent lens. Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle.

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      9 years ago

      You have put together a great lens here. I only see one problem - those that don't recycle probably won't be interested in reading about it. I truly hope it creates some converts - thanks for trying! Wecome to the Activists Sound Off Group.

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      10 years ago

      Very nice lens! There is a lot of very helpful information and resources here. Please feel free to visit my lens and say hi when you have the chance.

    • chemrat profile image


      10 years ago

      Nice work with this lens! Thanks for joining my Sustainability Group. I marked this lens as a favorite, gave it 5 stars and lensrolled it. Stop by my blog for a number of articles on recycling and ethics: Chemistry for a sustainable world

      Best wishes, Jim


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