Why Recycling Matters
Recycling has several advantages that have a beneficial influence on the planet we live in. It is critical not just for ourselves, but also for the environment and the economy. The quantity of waste is rising as a result of the following factors:
- Increased purchasing potential
- Population growth
- New products and packaging are being produced utilizing non-environmental friendly material.
- Lifestyle changes
We must reduce, reuse, and recycle scrap in order to protect ourselves, our environment, and our economy. In this article, we'll focus on the benefits of recycling to the environment.
Recycling helps protect the environment
Recycling eliminates the requirement for raw material extraction (mining and logging), refining, and processing. All of these factors contribute to significant contamination of the air and water. Recycling not only saves energy but also decreases greenhouse gas emissions, which aids in reducing climate change. And of course, if our plastic waste isn't properly disposed of, it can be carried into rivers and oceans, contaminating coastlines.
Recycling saves resource Recycling reduces the need to use natural resources by converting old materials into new products. If garbage disposals are not recycled, new products are created through mining and forestry to extract fresh, raw resources from the nature. Recycling aids in the conservation of valuable raw resources and the preservation of natural ecosystem.
By Recycling paper, we contribute to reducing deforestation and preventing trees from being chopped down.
Recycling plastic reduces the need for new plastic, which is a good thing as it's often manufactured from fossil fuel hydrocarbons.
Metal recycling eliminates the need for dangerous, expensive, and environmentally harmful mining and extraction of new metal ores.
Glass recycling lowers the demand for new raw resources such as sand - it may seem hard to believe, but some types of sand are running out throughout the world.
Recycling saves energy
Using recycled materials in the production process consumes far less energy than making new products from raw resources even when all related costs are taken into account such as transportation etc. Furthermore, there are additional energy savings since extracting, refining, transporting, and processing raw materials for industry requires more energy than providing industrial-ready raw materials.
- It takes 95 percent less energy to make new aluminum from old products (such as recycled cans and foil) than it does to make it from scratch and for steel it’s roughly 70-75% energy saving.
- Pulped recycled paper consumes 40% less energy than fresh wood fibers in the production of paper.
- The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to run an old 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours, or a new low-energy LED equivalent for much longer.
Reduce the Size of Landfills
One of the main reasons for the promotion of recycling is that it helps to lessen the pressure on our environment. We can gradually reduce the size of our waste on landfills by using waste items constructively. As the population expands, landfills will not have enough space to handle extra waste.
If this happens, our cities and lovely landscapes would be plagued by pollution and a slew of other health issues. Recycling has the advantage of assisting in the control of pollution and the gradual reduction of pollution.
Create new jobs
Recycling has led to the emergence of several new employments, both in the recycling industry and in manufacturing. Some businesses sell entire lines of recycled-goods items, demonstrating the benefits of recycling on a local level.
Cleans the Oceans
Every year, 8 million metric tonnes of plastic throw into the ocean, harming marine life. Recycling contributes to the reduction of plastic waste in the ocean.
What is scrapbook contribution in recycling?
Scrapbuk is an tricity based organization dedicated to alleviating the waste management crisis with the objective to accelerate recycling in India. With its easy-to-use application and website, offering on-demand doorstep recycling, you can schedule a pick-up for your scrap instantly and hassle-free. After scheduling a pick-up, a trained executive will come to your location, collect the scrap, weigh it on digital weighing scale, and pay you for your scrap in the payment method of your choice.
The collected material is separated into reusable and recyclable items. These are then supplied one at a time to factories for recycling. Disposing of scrap metal or other waste in the open causes more environmental damage than one might think.
Scrapbuk's circular economy model not only encourages individuals to recycle, but also donates the useful material to non-profits—Scrapbuk has collaborated with local NGOs to do this. Furthermore, the organization’s initiatives also include public awareness programmes like #scrapfreeindia. Till date Scrapbuk has collected more than 40 tonnes of scrap and has substantially contributed to environment by saving 2500+ trees, 13000+ litres oil, 4000+ kW energy and 600000 litres of water.