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Recycling has been a tough topic to write about as of late, as more and more articles come out about what a low percentage of items are actually recycled in facilities. However little gets recycled, it’s still important to try to stop pollution and help save energy and reduce waste. Here are some reasons why recycling is important.

Reducing waste:

Recycling helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators, which can be harmful to the environment and public health.

Conserving resources:

Recycling conserves natural resources by reducing the need to extract new raw materials from the earth. This helps protect natural habitats, reduces energy consumption, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Saving energy:

Recycling uses less energy than producing new products from raw materials. For example, it takes much less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to produce new ones from bauxite ore.

Reducing pollution:

Recycling reduces pollution by decreasing the amount of waste that is incinerated, which can release harmful chemicals into the air. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which can contaminate soil and groundwater.

Creating jobs:

Recycling creates jobs in the collection, processing, and manufacturing of recycled materials. This can help boost local economies and provide employment opportunities.

Overall, recycling is an important practice for promoting sustainability, reducing waste, conserving resources, and protecting the environment. So let’s keep at it, folks!

Why is Recycling Important?


Hi, I'm MJ, a recovering aspirational recycler who started HowToRecycle to share her journey with others. I kindly invite you to share your knowledge with me, talk about issues that are bothering you, tell me where I’m wrong (you know you want to), and help me discover new things!