Of all of the things we throw out, what is the most important to actually recycle?
That's a good question.
Of all of the things that we throw out, the most important to recycle are the non-biodegradeables like glass, plastic and aluminum. Keep them out of the landfills and send them to the recycling plants.
What do you think?
I think the most important things to recycle are harmful things to the environment. Although glass, plastic and aluminum are non-biodegradable I don't think they actually harm the earth by being in the ground. The way those harm the earth is the fact that we have to then waste more resources recreating the same bottles and cans as opposed to when we recycle they get to reuse the metal or plastic, etc.
I would say that oil is one thing a lot of people dispose of incorrectly. These products can damage the environment if they are disposed of incorrectly as well as still cause the harm of having to reproduce these. After people change their oil they should bring it to a local auto parts store where they have a recycling tank for used oil. Many people don't do that and throw it out or just dump it in their back yard. Oil can contaminate drinking water if disposed in the back yard, and if thrown out it will end up in either land fills or the ocean. Either place is not a good place for oil to end up, especially the ocean.
It is important to try to recycle all products that can be recycled, and to properly dispose of those that can't be. Common materials such as plastic, glass, paper, and aluminum are easily recycled at most facilities and so it is hard to justify not recycling these items.
Those materials that arent so easily recycled are usually more hazadarous for the environment, and so should also be disposed of properly. Items such as household cleaners, motor oil, batteries, and medication pollute soil and ground water with unnatural chemicals.
www.earth911.org is a great source for looking up recycling facilities in your area, as well as looking up proper disposal for a vast amount of products.
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