Ecycling represents a vital effort to protect residents, wildlife, and natural ecosystems. Recycling’s effects include the following:
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide develop as waste breaks down in landfills. These dangerous gaseous substances contribute to global warming. These are the same gases caused by a fuel burned by vehicles. Every 10 tonnes of recycled material reduces greenhouse gases by the same amount as taking 4 cars off the road permanently.
- Resource Conservation: Creating new materials consumes high levels of coal, oil, trees, electricity, water, and other resources. Recycling drastically reduces the resources needed. For example, recycling one tonne of paper or cardboard saves 13 trees and 2.5 barrels of oil. Similarly, making aluminum from recycled material rather than virgin material conserves up to 95% of the required energy.
- Wildlife Protection: Every year, high levels of waste end up invading natural habitats. About 6 million tonnes of rubbish end up in the oceans. This causes the death of more than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.