Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.
Cutting back on global warming, preventing air and water pollution and saving our energy resources, are the reasons why we should recycle .
Most man-made products incorporate different materials in order to create the finished product. This involves harvesting raw materials such as trees, rocks and oil so that they can be processed into a usable material by manufacturers.
Reducing, reusing, and recycling cuts down on the amount of raw material needed to create new products, lessening the overall impact on natural resources. And by sending less material to landfills, Americans can put a dent in the amount of trash we produce each day: enough to fill the New Orleans Super dome top to bottom, twice a day.
Recycling could translate into huge reductions in our energy costs. Consider these facts: It costs more energy to manufacture a brand-new aluminum can than it does to recycle 20 aluminum cans.
Recycling creates jobs and builds strong economy– Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; land filling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt