Author: Suzie Vance
It’s time to get everyone on the same page in terms of recycling so we can begin to revolutionize the way we think about our natural resources. Choosing to recycle items helps to divert waste from the landfill and increases the amount of raw materials that would otherwise need to be harvested for the creation of new items. Recycling at home is easy enough and allows each individual to contribute to the quality of life for current and future generations. It’s so good for the planet that we actually save energy, time, and yes, even money, when we recycle. We save time and energy when we recycle by eliminating the need to extract raw materials to be transported, refined, and then processed into consumer materials.
Manufacturers can save money by purchasing recycled materials instead of manufacturing from raw, unrefined materials. Aluminum is a great example of recycling savings. Did you know that in the time it takes to make one aluminum can from raw materials, you can recreate almost 20 recycled cans? Not only does the aluminum recycling process create more cans faster, the entire process from curbside recycling pickup to store shelf takes just about 60 days. That’s amazing considering it takes up to 200 years for that same aluminum can to break down in the landfill. Glass is another great recycled item. Since it can take more than a million years for glass to breakdown naturally, it is one of the best things to reuse or recycle. Recycling glass instead of making virgin glass results in 20% less air pollution and an amazing 50% less water pollution during the manufacturing process. Resources like sand and limestone which are used to create glass can be saved, and we can continue to recycle that same glass bottle for the next million years. Now that’s a great savings!