My last post,
seems to have struck a chord with many. Leave it to the Care2 community to enlighten, elevate and express their opinions on why people do and do not recycle. Most of us believe that recycling is ethically the right thing to do. From the comments on the post, it was evident that sadly, we all seem to have friends, family and acquaintances that do not recycle. Below are some of the reasons why people do not recycle and why they should: 1. Recycling is inconvenient. This seems to be the number one reason why people dont recyclethey dont want to put in the extra effort. Some places have no pick-up. Some people say that they just cant be bothered. Is that a good enough reason? 2. I do not have enough space in my home to recycle. The lack of space is an issue for many. People dont want to see garbage cans with a little storage space for recycling bins on the side; the extra trash is an eyesore. Is that a good enough reason? 3. If they paid me, Id recycle. Some countries fine people for not recycling. Some regions pay for just bottle recycling (we know that works). Some areas have no penalties or incentives for recycling. Is that a good enough reason? 4.
Recycling doesnt make a difference. So why do it? Misinformation about overflowing, depleted resources and has convinced some people that recycling doesnt make a difference. They believe there is no problem. Is that a good enough reason? 5. It is just to hard to do. Since there are so many facets to recycling , and, its hard to decipher which kinds go where. Is that a good enough reason? Related: 1. Recycling saves energy. because the manufacturer doesn t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By using recycled materials we save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down. 2. Recycling reduces landfills. Recycling reduces. No one wants to live next to a landfill. 3. Recycling preserves our resources and protects wildlife. By recycling, we reduce the need to for animals. Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees. 4. Recycling is good for the economy. Recycling and purchasing creates a greater demand for more recycled goods. Goods made from recycled materials use less water, creates less pollution and uses less energy. 5. Recycling helps our climate problems. Recycling produces considerably less carbon, which reduces the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas omissions.
Related: Add some more reasons why you do or do not recycle. 1. There is no point recycling, it doesn\’t make a difference. Yes it does! Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3. 5 million cars off the road. 2. Doesn\’t my recycling end up getting thrown away with the rubbish anyway? This couldnвt be further from the truth! Your recycled material is a valuable resource. Once it has been collected (this includes recycling collected in the back of bin lorries) from your doorstep it\’s taken away to be sorted, bailed and then transported to reprocessors to be made into new products. 3. I donвt create any food waste so I donвt need to use a food waste collection service. We all create at least some unavoidable food waste. What about plate scraps, vegetable peelings, egg shells, teabags and bones? These all count as food waste and can be placed in your food waste caddy to be recycled. No matter how little you recycle, it all helps! 4. You canвt recycle all types of plastic containers?
Yes, you can! This is true in some cases as there are six different types of plastics and not all of these are currently recyclable. In most cases your council will recycle common household waste items such as plastic bottles, margarine tubs and yoghurt pots. Check with your council first. Did you know, we use around 725,000 plastic bottles a day in Wales but still only recycle only 50% of them? 5. You can only recycle paper a few times. This is partly true – fibres in paper will start to break down by the time they have been recycled five or six times, however, even as the quality of the paper material reduces it can still be put to good use, in egg cartons, cardboard packaging, loft insulation, paints and even new road surfaces. 6. Recycling metal uses more energy than extracting the raw material in the first place. This is not true в mining and processing metal uses huge amounts of resources and energy. Recycling metal items such as drinks cans and soup tins saves energy. Recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95% of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw material. The energy saved in not having to make just one can is enough to power a TV for 3 hours.