It’s not uncommon to see someone throw out something like plastic out in the open. Most people don’t really care about recycling. Why should they?’ At least that is what they think. They find it hard or inconvenient to recycle. They do not see why they should put an extra effort of recycling, especially in places with no pick-ups. Others tell themselves that they do not have enough space to recycle in their homes. They seem to think that recycling is lame. Some would do it if they were paid; that would motivate them. That is what others think.
If you are the kind of person that has any of the above attitudes. Ask yourself this question, who should recycle?’ Now, reflect on your answer. Think of the future. The coming generation. Think of your neighborhood or your favorite park. Think of its aesthetic value. Now imagine it littered everywhere. Think of the consequences. Pests, diseases, environmental degradation, and landfills. The list of the negatives is endless.
Still, have no idea of who should recycle? Well, I will paint a picture for you. But before I do that. You have to understand that going green is not bad at all. It’s not a burden. It is a responsibility that comes along with numerous benefits.
Recycling saves energy. Manufactures use energy to produce different end products. Using energy is expensive. As more energy is used, the cost of production rises. When the cost of production rises, the cost of the end product is more expensive. Who buys these end products? We do. Does that that give you a clue of who should recycle? Reusing products saves our money.
Recycling helps protect our fragile environment. When we recycle. We reduce industrial gas emissions that are affecting our universe. Climatic change is real and it has real repercussions. Remember, hell has no fury like Mother Nature scorned. We have a choice to re-use. We have control of what we throw out. What we don’t have is control over nature.
When we recycle, we reduce extraction processes like logging, mining, and quarrying all of which have negative effects on the environment. Recycling saves a lot of resources. We reduce the need to consume natural resources which means that raw materials will be in less demand. When we recycle, we not only protect natural habitats and conserve wildlife, but we also reduce health risks. The more the industrial pollution the more we risk our health to issues like respiratory diseases because of carbon emissions.
Recycling increases property value. If you recycle and have a clean neighborhood, chances are that there will be no surrounding landfills. Landfills are smelly and lead to air pollution which reduces property value. Nobody wants to live in a smelly neighborhood. Recycling also creates employment. If we make recycling a habit, recycling plants will mushroom all over which will require labor. Statistically, recycling creates more jobs than landfills. In fact, the fewer landfills we have, the better.
When we recycle, we set an example to others. It becomes a habit that benefits us all. Most of the issues brought about by lack of recycling are not just local or national problems. They are universal issues affecting the human race which need to be addressed collectively. Every person on the planet should recycle for a greener and healthier tomorrow. For more recycling ideas and solutions check out Reduction in Motion.