5 Benefits Of Recycling Your Household Trash

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Blog, sustainable environment | 8 comments

5 Benefits Of Recycling Your Household Trash

The three words commonly associated with recycling are “Reduce,” “Reuse,” and “Recycle.” We will look at what recycling really is, how you can benefit from it, and also the environmental benefits. You will be able to make some money and also help reduce the negative impacts on the environment through recycling, even if you have no prior knowledge.

What is recycling?

The word recycling means to process materials that we would normally be thrown away into trash, and make new products out of them. We often throw away valuable metals, glass, paper, etc. without realizing that all those materials could be reused instead of filling-up landfills. Some of the valuable metals such as copper, aluminum, iron, steel, etc, can be very easily recycled and turned into profit. If you know which household products can be reused and recycled, you could easily sort them and make money while contributing to the improvement of our environment.

You could even recycle waste from your kitchen, old furniture, old clothes, broken glass, computer and electronic parts, electrical appliances and components, roofing and siding materials, aluminum cans, empty metal cans and containers, metal wire and cables, and more.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

When we create waste and throw it away into landfills, we not only fill up the land, but also pollute the air and soil. Harmful gases and toxic chemicals are produced which are released into the atmosphere as well as seeped into the soil. By reducing the volume of waste we produce, we can also reduce the amount of pollution released. We can reduce waste by bringing reusable shopping bags to the store, selecting products with the least amount of packaging, repairing items instead of replacing them and minimizing the disposable products we use.

The second “R” is Reuse. Reusing is to utilize and make use of most of our household items with minimum waste. If you cannot reuse some of the items you have at home, you could donate them to recycling groups or recycle them yourself. We must adapt to recycled materials and purchase more items made from recycled materials.

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Benefits of recycling

According to a recent study by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we recycle about 32.5% of our solid waste across various different types of goods. What do we do with the rest? The EPA explains that we burn and destroy 12.5% solid waste at incineration facilities, emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere. The rest of the waste, about 250 million tons of it, ends up in landfills annually throughout the country. If we could separate and recycle this waste, we could easily benefit from it. Below we will discuss five benefits of recycling and using recycled materials.

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1. Make money

One of the major benefits of recycling is financial income. We could all find several items lying around our homes that could be recycled and make money from them. Some such items are old furniture, old phones, cables, metal furniture, aluminum cans, metal containers, old clothes, electrical appliances, and more.

2. Conserve resources

Throwing away objects in the dumpster could increase the pressure on mining for new raw materials. It also wastes the energy such as fuel and other costs associated with mining. Recycling aluminum cans, steel, copper, and other expensive metals can save costly gas money and mining expenses, as well as conserve valuable resources.

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3. The environmental benefits

Recycling can significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. It can save on non-reusable resources as well as water and landfill space, and most of all it can save energy. So, recycling reduces emissions, conserves energy, and reduces pollution.

4. Create more jobs and a stronger economy

The idea of recycling is gaining popularity among individuals and companies more than ever for both economic and environmental reasons, and jobs in recycling industries are booming.

5. Recycling builds a stronger economy

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Done on a large scale, recycling can have a significant impact on the economy when you consider creating jobs, conserving raw materials, reusing waste materials, and reduced energy cost along with environmental benefits.

Recycling is a choice and way of life. It’s one of those habits that help you make money while helping the environment. Once you make that choice, you could start taking steps towards recycling, reusing and reducing waste in your daily life quite naturally. Every bit of energy and every resource that you save adds up, and you could make a difference.

Please share and let your friends know about the benefits of recycling.

Source: Environmental Professionals Network.

8 Responses to “5 Benefits Of Recycling Your Household Trash”

  1. ojieh kelvin says:

    good day, I would like to know for the benefit of Nigerians the processes and the knowhow, of turning waste products or household trash into electricity as alternate electricity is a growing need for the Nigerian population. thank you.

  2. In your article, you mentioned that The EPA explains that we burn and destroy 12.5% solid waste at incineration facilities, emitting harmful gasses into the atmosphere. Do most neighborhoods have recycling programs or recycling centers? My daughter came home from school asking if we are recycling our garbage. Finding a reputable recycling center might be our best option.

  3. I thought it was really interesting to learn that recycling actually benefits the economy. According to the article, the reduced energy cost it takes to recycle brings economical benefits. I think I could do a lot better at recycling in my home. What tips do you have for getting into the habit of recycling regularly?

    • Hey,

      Thanks for the comment. Here is just a little tip. Put a brightly colored but tasteful container you will use for recycling in a very convenient place you will see when you are going to dispose something. You should join our EAT Community at http://www.eatcommunity.com and you will learn a lot more about recycling and many other great environmental ideas.

      Wayne

  4. My youngest son has been learning about recycling in school lately, so I figured I would try and re-educate myself on that topic as well so that we can do a better job of reusing things around our house. I had no idea that certain things can be recycled for money, especially if they’re metal. It seems like recycling is both good for the economy and our financial situation! Thank you for the helpful information.

  5. I didn’t realize that jobs in recycling are becoming so big and so many. This would be a good way to help establish the future for our children by strengthening the economy. The next generation will be the one to lead us so ensuring that they can get ahold of all the things they need to become good people would be important. If we can help out with that by simply giving our waste over to a waste management service that can help ensure that it gets recycled and disposed of we should probably do it if we can!

  6. I’ve been doing some reading on how recycling impacts the environment, and I’ve been surprised at how helpful recycling metal can be. Your mention of how recycling metal helps conserve resources since gas and mining expenses are mostly eliminated is something I’ve been particularly fascinated about. I’ve read that recycled aluminum requires as much as 95% less energy to manufacture compared to mining new aluminum. Is that accurate?

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