On the surface, it would seem that the primary benefit of recycling is to lower the amount of trash that goes into landfills. Based on the fact that the United States alone generates more than 258 million tons (that’s 516 trillion pounds), and taking into account that only about 35% of that waste get incinerated to produce energy, we may run out of room eventually to safely control what’s being thrown away. According to some predictions, we’re on pace to do just that within the next 15 to 18 years.
As scary as that is all by itself, there are a number of other reasons that recycling not only makes sense, it’s an important factor in protecting the planet we live on. Here’s why:
–Recycling reduces the need for incineration. Although incineration is a great way to reduce waste and can be harnessed to produce energy, incineration can also potentially create a problem with air pollution and it currently does generate ash that requires disposal.
-Recycling saves energy. When items are recycled, it lowers the need for new resources to be mined or extracted to manufacture new items.
-Recycling protects the environment. Aside from the potential threat that landfills contribute to water pollution, and the air pollution created by incineration, recycling helps the environment in a number of ways.
- Mining and Manufacturing. As mentioned above, recycling lowers the need for new resources to be mined and manufactured. The mining process can have severed environmental impacts via mining or logging operations. In addition, manufacturing processes require additional energy use and can potentially contribute to air pollution.
- Transport. By reducing the waste taken to landfills, waste transporting companies can lower the number of miles driven by their trucks by minimizing their pickup schedules, reducing air pollution and saving energy costs.
As a waste transport company, Bay Disposal and Recycling is keenly aware of the positive impacts that recycling can provide for us all. Better ways to reduce the problem of landfill overflow are being examined and can take years to be implemented and operational. We all need to pitch in now to make sure we don’t run out of time or options.