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Recycling has a positive impact; that is a fact. Yet, many people are unsure of how exactly recycling helps. On the surface, you might think that recycling does very little to help our environment. Let’s look into the actual impact of recycling.

Landfills

If you have never seen a landfill, you cannot begin to imagine the incredible amount of waste human beings produce. Every time you throw away an object, it ends up in one of these piles, waiting for its day to be compressed into a cube with the rest of the world’s trash. However, recycling means fewer objects end up in the landfill.

There is a two-part reason why this is good. First, recycling bottles, cans, and paper means these products can be remade utilizing the same materials. This means that there can be a constant cycle where none of these products end up in the trash before they are too worn out to recycle. The impact this has on landfills is huge, because every day we get closer to running out of space to store our trash. Instead of expanding the amount of land consumed by trash, we can maintain our current area and avoid spillage.

Wildlife

Animals are notorious for getting caught up in our trash. How often do we find dead animals with pieces of plastic in their stomach? It’s far too often, and it can be avoided by recycling. Instead of polluting our land and waters with trash, we can easily stick our 6-pack holders in a green bin to be taken away. Although it is important to avoid pollution of any kind, recycling is one of the easiest ways to do so.

Air

Depending on where you live, your local landfill may have a plant that burns trash to produce energy which powers buildings. If you live in a more rural area, you may burn trash yourself. Either way, many people are concerned about the safety of burning trash (specifically plastics). Plastics can produce toxic gases when burned, which can cause havoc on our bodies. Consider that many plastics can be recycled. If you take a few minutes to collect your bottles in a bin, or drive to a recycling facility if there is no recycling pick-up, you could be saving many people from breathing in toxic chemicals, all while keeping our air clean.

Recycling is not a fun game, where it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. The consequences of not recycling are very real and will soon result in serious issues for humans all over the world. If you are concerned about our environment, I encourage you to begin recycling today.