Why Should I Recycle Plastic?

Plastics are everywhere. They are used in pre-packaged food, as grocery bags, labels, for solids and liquids, decorations and even tools. Yet, while governments worldwide call for the recycling of plastics – and use of only recyclable plastics – there is still a major lack of statutes with regard to procedural implementation. However, a lack of government oversight is no reason to not take the recycling of plastics into your own hands at the household level. Even in small amounts, recycling plastic is an environmentally-friendly and noteworthy contribution.

So, why recycle plastic?

Recycling provides an economic boost with added job opportunities. Thanks in part to global competitiveness, the need and popularity of recycling makes doing so a profitable business. This, in turn, aids in reducing wasted space in landfills and lessens the need for incinerators and trash burning. The recycling process is far less detrimental than new manufacturing, an added plus that results in lessening greenhouse gas emissions, a constant threat for climate change. In the short term, recycling also obviously reduces the use of raw materials – timber, valuable minerals and water, to name only a few.

From a financial standpoint, the savings are considerable. On a global level, the energy savings quickly add up, with plastic recycling taking as little as half the energy of a newly manufactured piece of plastic. On the home front, reuse is a great option for saving money, with items such as plastic containers and bottles making great reusable storage solutions and decorative pieces.

In our continued efforts and commitment to creating a greener environment for the next generation to enjoy, it is crucial we are serious in our dedication to establish and maintain a sustainable environment. Recycling plastics as a means of reducing energy consumption, landfill size and creating viable options for reuse is a noble effort that every citizen can take part in.