RecyclingWhat is recycling?
What is recycling?
The action or process of converting waste into reusable material.
How do I recycle?
The recycling process
Are all plastics recyclable?
For example, Polystyrene is almost completely unfit to be recycled. Further, PVC products are entirely not recyclable. Whereas, LDPE and Polypropylene plastics are only partially recyclable.
Why should we recycle?
For many people, the answer is obvious, “because basic human decency suggests so!” Howsoever, why do we really recycle? What is so beneficial about it? In short, why do we care? To begin with, recycling reduces the amount of trash that is getting dispatched in landfills or incinerators. Ergo, plastic pollution and Greenhouse gas emissions are scaled-down. Further, recycling helps to secure the economy by ensuring a domestic source of raw materials. Another main point rarely unspoken of is the safeguarding of natural resources. Your math teacher probably mentioned that you will save
“In 2014, over 89 million tons of municipal solid waste (…) were recycled or composted in the United States, saving over 322,000 GWh of energy– enough to provide electricity to 30 million homes.”
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What does that mean for plastic pollution?
Solely recycling plastics will not solve plastic pollution; however, it will help to counteract the problem, at least scarcely.