|Why Recycle?17-02-2017 12:36|
Recycling is a daily activity for more than 100 million Americans and a great way to protect our environment and stimulate our economy. Recycling saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, and creates jobs. It saves money, avoids land lls, and best of all, it's easy.
To understand the value of recycling, we must look at the entire lifecycle of a product ― from the extraction and processing of raw materials, to the manufacture of the
product, to its nal disposal. Recycling creates a closed-loop system where unwanted products are returned back to manufacturers for use in new products. This prevents the pollution and destruction that occurs when virgin materials –like trees and precious metals– are extracted from the earth.
The real value of recycling is that materials that are recovered from recycling centers is much cheaper than those mined and processed. The ONLY thing that stopped this before was the recycling business is difficult and expensive to set up the first time.
So this wasn't some case of some F-ing tycoon fighting this and laws having made to force recycling - it was a case of the large amount of money to do things like have people picking tin cans out of a long assembly line of broken glass and the training and the multiple garbage trucks for true garbage and actual recyclable material.
Tell you what - go into a modern apartment building and see the materials that they are using to construct it - the recycled wood and particle boards. Then look at these same places in 20 years. That will give you some ideas of why older construction firms wanted to use real wood.
|A big problem with recycling is that our industries need to get an integrated approach to the whole recycling system. At present we only recycle about 30% of the products that are manufactured, the rest goes to the dump. We can't do this forever! Most products are not designed with recycling in mind and many are UN-recyclable.|
If the things we produce were designed with the end-of-use recycling incorporated into the design, we could raise that percentage to maybe 60% or more. I guess we may have to wait until the situation gets critical before any real change takes place. It has been estimated that if the world consumed resources at the rate the we in the modern western world do, we would need at least 3 more planets from which to rob the resources. Last time I looked, we only have one!
We can do this, but it takes a co-ordinated, integrated approach and maybe even a backward step to a simpler lifestyle.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi "The rich need to live more simply, so that the poor may simply live!"
Good post. Ultimately, failure to plan for recycling will lead to costlier raw materials and more environmental degradation, the outcome of which will be a lower standard of living for everyone.
Surface Detail wrote:sceptic777 wrote:
Paper is the largest recycled material followed by glass. What do you propose industry do to make these easier or cheaper to recycle?
Other materials such as metals and rare materials such as tin or lead have been recycled almost from the start of industry.
In order to have an opinion you should first know what is presently happening and what has always happened. Swinging wildly at what you think is a ball and is really an oncoming train is pretty silly.