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Recycling is a method of green living that is very beneficial to the environment. It’s a form of waste management that involves processing used materials and using them to make new products. 60% of our overall waste can be recycled which means that recycling greatly helps create a healthier environment by decrease pollution.

Why should we recycle?

To conserve energy: The energy used when producing products made from recycled materials is considerably less than the amount of energy required to make the same product using raw materials.

To reduce air, soil and water pollution: landfills are toxic and smelly areas where waste is disposed of. With the toxins in the waste, we pollute the soil it sits on and the air around it. It’s also known that large amounts of garbage are dumped in the ocean. Water pollution can be prevented by how we manage waste. Recycling is one way to reduce pollution.

To help the environment:  Recycling reduces the generation of toxic greenhouse gases. This includes methane and carbon dioxide. Plastic accounts for almost 60% of oceanic debris. Being able to recycle the plastic and other recyclable materials and keeping it away from being thrown into the ocean means that we can better take care of the ocean and the livelihood it provides for us. This means we can protect ecosystems and the wildlife inhabiting these systems.

To preserve raw materials: When recycling we reduce the need to extract raw materials so often. We need to preserve resources like oils and trees that are extracted in large amounts.

The responsibility of taking care of the earth falls on everyone who occupies it. Global warming is the result of the careless management of waste and the spread of toxins. When we recycle, we can preserve the earth for future generations.