Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Outlook of Recycling

Recycling is the process of taking used products and reusing them. Most often recycling involves collecting the waste products and processing them into a new product. Recycled items include, paper, plastic, glass and metals. There are many items that can be recycled. Recycling is something that came to the fore front as means of reducing waste and helping to save the environment from the hazards of landfills.
The Start of Recycling
Recycling was first really talked about in the 1970s. However, recycling is a natural thing. Many people recycle and do not even think about it. For example, when you buy something at a garage sale, you are recycling that item. You are taking something someone else would have thrown away and putting it to use. Recycling seemed to catch on all over.
Recycling has also seen a surge in popularity as concern is growing about global warming and environmental concerns. People have been educated about the dangers of dumping trash and they want a better future for their children. Additionally, recycling products, like aluminum cans, has been made simple through the introduction of collection bins in many different public places. There are recycle bins in stores, on the street and in many other public places that encourage you to recycle your trash. Many communities also have recycling services that pick up recyclables just like trash is collected.
Increase in Popularity, Increase in Rates
There are many ways that you can recycle for free, but if you have your recyclables collected then you usually have to pay a service fee. With the increase in the number of people recycling and the increase in operating costs, the cost of recycling is going up. Funding from government sources is being cut and that also leads to an increase in recycling rates. Recycling costs are rising and those costs are being passed onto the consumer.
Another Roadblock
Not every product can be easily recycled. This is another roadblock when it comes to recycling. If a recycling center sees an increased demand for recycling a certain product, like batteries, that must be handled specially, then they may decide to start collecting that product. This could lead to higher operating costs.
If a person has to search for a place to recycle, chances are they will just throw it in their trash and forget about it. People want recycling to be hassle free.
The Future
The future of recycling depends on many factors. Some of the things that will effect recycling future include:
- education about recycling
- making recycling more available
- new technological advances
- initiatives and government regulations
There are not a lot of recycling laws on the books. Most people recycle simply because they want to. Many items recycled are those items that would spend years in a landfill. Items like plastic or aluminum can be recycled and used to make new products. This helps to cut down on the amount of raw materials that must be harvested and it keeps these products out of the landfills. Recycling has many benefits, but it is really up to each person to help keep it going strong.

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By John Kirzno

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this awesome post. Keep up the great job on recycling there. Something else that's related to your post is this video from a green group in YouTube. You gotta see the video; I'm a big fan...