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Why should we recycle?

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LaurenS

Many of us still don't think that we need to recycle or can't be bothered. Sometimes choosing the correct bin to put our rubbish in and emptying them feels like too much effort. Realistically, separating our rubbish is not that difficult and only takes a few minutes of our time. In some countries people receive money for items that they recycle, mainly plastic and glass bottles. Encouraging recycling through enabling people to earn money has raised awareness of the importance of recycling and people doing this often want to recycle other items.

What we can recycle varies in different places. In Reading, my hometown in the UK, I can recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, cans and batteries. When I moved to university in Chester I discovered that there I could also recycle clothes, shoes, electrical items, ink cartridges, mobile phones, plastic pots and foil. I also had a compost bin for food waste such as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, tea bags and food waste and another bin for garden waste. I am now currently living in Melilla, an area of Spanish territory on the north coast of Africa. Here I can only recycle paper, cardboard and glass. It it difficult for me to put something into the general waste when I know I can recycle it somewhere else.

Sometimes it is hard to understand why recycling helps the earth. The main principal is that recycling saves the energy that would be otherwise required to produce waste products again. Production along with other polluting factors such as transport is increasing the levels of harmful gases in the atmosphere and this is causing the global temperature to rise. As a result, weather patterns have changed in some areas, which have had devastating effects such as more natural disasters and problems in farming and agriculture. 

The saddest part is that most affected areas are the underdeveloped countries in the global south who don't have enough money or resources to waste like we do and therefore they don't largely contribute to global warming. Whilst they struggle with natural disasters and changing weathers affecting their food production, people like us living in developed countries that are mostly located in the global north experience few problems. Furthermore, many people believe that a change in global temperature is natural and has occurred throughout history. That is correct, but it is scientifically proven that global warming as a consequence of human activity does contribute to climate change. The current global temperature is rising very quickly and it won't be long before we won't be able to live in certain parts of the world due to extreme weather.

Choosing not to recycle increases landfill and many of the items that are put in landfills take hundreds of years to decompose. Many items, such as glass, never decompose and will stay there forever. The world is already overpopulated and eventually we may run out of space. Nobody wants to end up living next to a landfill. Packaging is also included in the price of the items we buy and putting them in landfill is not only wasting resources, but money as well. Plastic bags are a perfect example. Why do we get a plastic bag every time we go to the shop? In some places people have to pay for plastic bags, therefore we can save both money and resources through taking a reusable bag to the shops. It is also easier, as plastic bags don't last very long and aren't particularly easy to carry.

Additionally, continuing to produce items made from wood, card and paper is causing deforestation, which not only destroys the habitat of animals and makes them endangered, but also increases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as trees and plants are vital for producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Recycling paper and card can help prevent this.

There are also negative aspects of recycling, for example melting old plastic down to make new items can use a lot of energy. For this reason some cities choose to limit what they can recycle and send general waste to be burnt. On the one hand this is a method of producing energy but on the other hand it causes further pollution. Despite this, as long as we continue to produce more waste, environmental degradation will cause more problems and we will have less resources, so we need a solution.

Discussion

What can you recycle where you live? Do you think recycling is important? 

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01284363 13 March, 2020 - 21:16

In my opinion, recycling is very important since it is a way to keep our primary sources. It is quite simple to recycle so it is a matter of interest for people to start doing it.

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Yosai 9 March, 2020 - 05:45

I believe that the recycling culture is very important for everyone because if we do not have that culture in the next few decades and centuries we will have consequences for our family and environment

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MarisolPA 5 March, 2020 - 21:03

I think this topic its really important not only for adults, also for the little kids because as a parent you have to teach your child to take care of the environment. We should pay more attention in this subject because us humans are just damaging the world by putting the trash in the street, in the ocean, etc. So we have to do the right thing and start to recycle more often.

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A01177752Xavi 5 March, 2020 - 19:43

Mostly all the plastic we use for drinking and for packages, and paper at school. As for why is it important is because the climate change caused by how all the trash we leave out sends out toxic fumes and cases to modify how our nature works.

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A00517251 5 March, 2020 - 00:42

We must all be involved in this problem of recycling so that our planet is in a good state and that we make the planet and a good place without garbage everywhere as in the streets, our duty is that there is no garbage anywhere.

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A01285693 4 March, 2020 - 21:12

Humans don't take seriously this problem and don't think is causing harm to our world and also affecting us in many ways.

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mmsaenz 4 March, 2020 - 21:06

In the community where i lived we can recycling a lot of plastic bottle, so we can do a lot of campaigns for this problem. Recycling is very important to save the planet, because all this things do things bad in the earth. With the emissions in the ozone cape, the sun light can burn our skin and maybe we can die soon.

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Onetwotree 4 March, 2020 - 21:02

we can recycle the bottles of water and others in our country and also we can collect and recycle the soda cans. The most important thing is we should do separate collection when house throw away the trash. It is so much helpful to the earth. And I think recycling is really important because recycling reduces the need for refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.

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a01284550gaby 4 March, 2020 - 21:01

After reading this Ive realized how important is to recycle at least the plastic or something but we have to start by doing something if we don't want to finish with our world and If we start by something small we can do something big, besides we can encourage our friends to do the same and at the end of this we will all do the same to tryna save our world.

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estherl0217 4 March, 2020 - 21:00

I think we should recycle because we are damaging our Earth with the products we aren’t recycling. I think our government should find ways to encourage the people to recycle so we help our planet Earth. It would be nice to have many ways to know how to reuse things we use in our daily lives, recycle the plastic, aluminum products. Reduse products that take to much to decompose and not help our environment

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A01285765 4 March, 2020 - 20:57

This article is really important, we need to start recycling more to toke care of the environment, one way of doing this is by creating new thing from other things, it is a way to give things a second usage.

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A01570851 4 March, 2020 - 20:57

I really think recycling is important and one reason we should recycle is to help not only our environment, but our own health as well. Recycling decreases deforestation, as many items are made of wood, many other items, if not recycled, will take up a lot of space in landfills and eventually we will run out of space on this earth. Every item we throw away instead of recycling is another factor that contributes risk into earth's well being.

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HelloThere15345 4 March, 2020 - 20:54

I think that recycling is very good, I wish that more people prioritize this problem.

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Jairocuevas6 13 May, 2014 - 03:19

I think recycling is a task that as humans do devemos as this helps the planet and humanity is why we must enter recycling campaigns or have us create a campaign initiative to recycle so we help the planet, because it is here where we live and no place more.

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AterTAurus 29 April, 2014 - 17:05

recycling is very important for us. glass, paper and other things can be recycled more than one time.

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vilko 7 March, 2014 - 19:12

I think that recycling is important for our planet because with recycle we can save our planet and we and we should recycle our rubbish because we can reuse them to make other things. If we do it we will do something good for us and for all the planet

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STallica94 9 January, 2014 - 21:02

Unfortunately, humans are famous for errors they commit. Recycling is really important, but many people in Italy (where I live) and around the world, don't understand the real importance of recycling.
You can give new life to objects. The plastic can be transformed into T-shirts, paper and cardboard can be reused many times. The aluminum cans are scoured and then merged, the merger may obtain other cans with significant savings on production costs.
There will realize that they have destroyed the Earth only when the situation will elude us really out of hand.
W Recycling!
Together to save the world.
The pollution is slowly killing us all.

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