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Recycling Pros and Cons

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Kayla Larsen

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What are the cons of recycling?
Materials That Can Be Recycled
What is recycling?
Recycling is the process of reusing a given product (beyond its intended use) or producing a new product from a recyclable material. The 3 R's are commonly used to provide simple guidance for people wishing to do their part.
What are the pros of recycling?
Reuse of materials.
Reduces a lot of enviromental destruction caused by mining oil drilling, logging and other forms of resource extraction.
Reduces amount of waste to landfills
Reduces energy concumption
Reduces Pollution
Reduces Global Warming
Conserves Natural Resources
Creates Green Jobs
Cool facts about recycling!
Recyling just 1 aluminium can save enough energy to run a tv for around 3 hours.
Recyling waste newspaper, cardboard, glass and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds a year!
One ton of recycled paper saves 3,700 pounds of lumber, 24,000 gallons of water, and 2,000 pounds of paper.
Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution.
We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year!
Disposable napkins takes 500 years to decompose!
It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times!
In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass.
In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.
By: Kayla Larsen
Recycling Pros and Cons
What are the 3 R's?
Reduce
Reuse
Recycle
Reduce
: Reducing the amount of the earth's resources we use to make products which may not be essential.
Reuse
: Adoption of reusing products.
Recycle
: Identifying old products which could be made into something new.
How can you tell if something is recyclable or not?
To identify recyclable products, you will most likely see the recycling logo/symbol that has 3 green arrows in the shape of a triangle. Some materials are much harder to recycle than others. Paper being the easiest, and plastic being the most difficult.
Most kinds of paper
Steel
Glass
Aluminum
Cans
Foil
Plastic
Contamination
: This can endanger public health and require extensive decontamination to ensure the safe use of the final product.
Expenses
: The cost of collecting and processing recyclable materials can be higher than it would be to send the waste material to a landfill.
Processing costs
: This may run higher than the value of the final recycled product.
Pollutants
: Recycling still generates pollutants and emissions.
Unsafe and Unhygienic Recycling Sites
: Formation of debris that causes the spread of diseases and other dangers caused by harmful chemicals and waste.
More Facts About Recycling
The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day.
Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.
History Of Recycling
In ancient times, it was actually quite common to melt down swords, pots and basically anything that was made of metal that no longer served a purpose.
Not Widespread on a Large Scale
: Major companies aren't recycling waste
High Starting Cost
: acquiring different utility vehicles, upgrading the processing facility, educating residents by organizing seminars and other programs, disposing of existing waste and chemicals etc.
Quality
: The goods being collected for recycling are not always the same quality and may not be sorted properly. For example, high quality office paper may be mixed with the poor quality fibers found in newsprint, or different glass containers may break and result in a mixed glass mixture.
Recycling Doesn't Have To Be Boring!
Crafting can be a great opportunity to recycle!
Toilet Paper Roll as Cord Holder
Ketchup Bottle to portion out batter
Bleach Bottle as a scooper for cat litter, soil/mulch, anything for your scooping needs
Thank You!
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