Recycling and Products

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  • Topic: Recycling, Recyclable materials, Waste
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The world would be a better place if everyone would recycle.Recycling is one of the most misunderstood yet extremely important issues in our world today. Recycling is simply returning materials to their raw material components and then using these again to supplement or replace new materials in the manufacture of a new product. It is important for every person to take responsibility for his or her own contribution to the recycling effort. Recycling is known as reusing and restoring our garbage, most people don't understand it can also include donating old clothes to charitable organizations, reusing plastic containers to store food in the refrigerator, and many other activities we already participate in. Although recycling is everywhere in our lives, I will focus on our everyday waste products, why recycle them, how to recycle them, and if it is a worthwhile cause. There are a myriad of curbside recycling services operating nationwide, therefore, people can no longer make excuses for their lack of recycling. It is important that everyone becomes educated about recycling. This would lead to people making informed decisions about buying products which are recyclable and minimize the amount of garbage that cannot be recycled.Recycling 'healing' the Earth in many ways, such as helping to slow global warming, diminishing acid rain, reducing water pollution, conserving landfill space, and lowering pollutants in the air '. For four consecutive weeks, I collected my personal garbage and counted and/or weighed the respective products. I learned that many of the products I use can be recycled, however, I also realized that I need to make a more conscious effort to buy recyclable products. I noted everything in my journal, which gave a description of the garbage I collected and how it is divided into several categories which are: aluminum, other metals, glass, plastics, newspaper, white paper, other paper, and food products. I will discuss each group and how, or if, the products listed in the group can be recycled. Using aluminum can cut down on a lot of pollution. Virgin ore is a substitute for aluminum, but it is not healthy to the environment. By using recycled aluminum instead of virgin ore, we can eliminate 95 percent of air pollution and 97 percent of water pollution. More than 95 percent of all canned beverages are sold in aluminum containers. Aluminum is one of the easiest products to recycle. During my month of recording all the garbage, I noticed that I threw away a lot more than just aluminum cans. I also recycled pie plates, foil, frozen food and dinner trays, and some take-out containers. Other types of heavy aluminum include lawn furniture tubing, house siding, gutters, storm door and window frames, and even pots and pans. I counted 134 aluminum cans and 23 pieces of aluminum foil during my four weeks of collection. Recycling these cans is not only environmentally healthy, but are also economically 'healthy'. The aluminum cans I collected can be remelted and back on the shelves in supermarkets in as little as six weeks. Recycling aluminum saves energy. Aluminum can recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore. The aluminum can industry makes up to 20 times more cans for the same amount of energy when they use UBCs. Recycling has been an effective fundraiser for charities and civic organizations for more than 30 years. The aluminum industry annually pays out about $1 billion for empty aluminum beverage cans. Helping is as simple as taking your recyclable cans to your local recycling centers and designating the proceeds to a Habitat affiliate in your town. In the category labeled other metals, there were two main types of products, food cans and metal hangers. Metal hangers are very easily recycled, even without the hastle of curbside assistance. They are just given back to the dry cleaning shop the next time you go to one, and this process by definition is called recycling. This act of...
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