Posted by admin on June 27, 2012
Recycling isn’t mandatory, but it is highly recommended. Certainly there are many benefits to recycling, specifically assisting the environment strive and “live” longer. The most common items that are not recycled that cause the most environmental damage are plastics, rubber, and battery acid. These items generally end up in local water sources and they make them practically undrinkable, even dangerous to local wildlife. Water pollution leads to death to local wildlife and millions of dollars in hospital bills. Sometimes the damage is irreversible. Our oceans and other water sources can be filtered to an extent but the damage is done.
Every home is equipped with recycling boxes, typically green or blue. After pick up of the boxes, the items are shipped to recycling centers in your area. Whether it’s plastic, rubber or acids of any kind, the recycling centers properly disposes of them in environmentally friendly ways. Homeowners don’t have to put them out every trash day. They can send their items at their leisure. Every house can recycle approximately 200 pounds of materials a year.
In 2011 there was over 10 tons of plastic bottles that were cleaned out of the Pacific Ocean alone, over a thousand pounds of batteries and electronic devices, and over a thousand pounds of rubber. Electronics and batteries still have deadly ion charges and silicons that are absolutely deadly when released into the open environment. These silicons clog up the waterways and cause toxic slush to wash up on shore. There has also been a dip in the marine life that is so prevalent to the economy off the coast.
Imagine how much the environment would benefit if those plastic bottles, electronic devices, and rubber were recycled. This is why it is important to recycle. More and more businesses and schools are providing excellent benefits to those individuals who recycle. As more and more people get into the act of recycling, we will see the environment become more stable.
The residual effects when we don’t recycle are not seen immediately (unless it is the cosmetic aspect of it), but sooner or later we will experience those issues.
When you have a chance, do your part and recycle. It is our duty, if one thinks about it. Don’t let the monetary benefits motivate you to recycle. Do it out of the fact that we live on a great planet that deserves our best. Our future generations will thank you for it!