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Why Do People Recycle?

Why Do People Recycle?

Recently there has been a growing amount of interest and concern for the environment. Due to this, people are starting to look into new ways to recycle and help conserve the earth’s resources. Unfortunately, it is not enough - we still have a long way to go to “clean” up the earth.

As we are now beginning to realize, humans are destroying large portions of the environment. While part of our trouble is our fast-growing population (in the past 200 years, our population has sextupled), we also have to be more environmentally conscious: pollution is becoming more and more rampant and government standards aren't nearly strict enough. Or, when they are, they aren't being enforced. It is important to recycle, and do what we can to help preserve our environment. Recycling does three things: it helps consume less new materials, helps reduce the energy we need, and helps control our landfills.

First and foremost, recycling helps save the world’s precious resources from being used up. For example, we can recycle newspapers, or cardboard boxes, or junk mail. All of these can save trees from being destroyed. Trees are important: in elementary biology we learned that trees provide us with the oxygen we need, while also removing carbon dioxide from the air. Moreover the forest also houses many plants and animals, and cutting down their forests has caused endangerment of their species.

Recycling also uses less energy. Creating new products requires more energy than re-using old ones. Recycling also helps keep waste out of landfills. It helps reduce the amount of garbage, and helps eliminate the need for new landfills, which require large amounts of space.

About the Author
Noah Williams is an active environmentalist who provides educational environmental content to Organic Items and he occasionally posts content to Perennial Gardens

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