Landfills are becoming over filled in many countries and it takes up a lot of valuable real estate to create or expand these landfills. The answer to this major problem is to educate people into recycling habits and assist authorities to conserve resources such as energy and real estate.
The biggest problem experienced is that each household produce a huge amount of garbage each year. Although recycling programs in many developed countries ensure that a large percentage of materials like aluminum, plastic, paper, cloth, and wood are collected for recycling the items that is not part of the collection process ends on landfills. Most landfills cause some sort of pollution related problems and is visually not the best landscape feature in any city.
The answer is highly effective recycling programs and proper management of materials suitable for recycling. Recycling offers the following advantages:
It is a means to save the planet.
Implementation of recycling management is vital to protect the environment from eventual destruction and shortage of some key raw materials. Paper, is the perfect example. Pulp is harvested from cutting down natural forests. Recycling of paper can slow this down substantially. All countries with a proper recycling management plan can reduce the number of trees that is cut down to produce paper products.
Recycling can reduce the demand for energy.
It is a proven fact that recycling processes consume less energy that extracting the material from the raw material. This takes into account the mining for raw material, transporting it between the various steps before it is transformed into the final product. Recycling cuts down a number of steps in this process and saves valuable time, pollution, investments and energy.
Recycling plays a big part in reducing pollution and its impact on Global warming.
Pollution and green house gas emissions that came from factories can be greatly impacted and reduced with a manageable recycling plan. Using recycled products cut down on raw materials having to be processes, this implies less energy and use of other resources that could produce harmful gasses during the production phase. Another big factor is non-biodegradable waste that was traditionally burned can now be recycled. This was a big source of pollution and greenhouse gasses. All this savings can have a big influence on the earth’s ozone layer.
Recycling reduce the demand for landfills.
Landfills are normally filled with non-biodegradable waste. This type of waste has an extremely long life before it will naturally decompose. Absorbing these waste materials into a recycling program will decrease the pressure on landfills and on real estate needs for future landfills. The biggest problems for the environment are with hazardous materials and non-biodegradable materials and the sooner we reduce these amounts to landfills, the better.
The financial implications offered by recycling.
There are numerous financial advantages to be gained from recycling. Entrepreneurs can collect and sell materials suitable for recycling. Producers can re-use some materials previously dumped. The market price for products made from recycled materials is usually lower reflecting the savings gained in the process using recycled materials instead of raw materials.