would always be a debate when it comes to the option of purchasing of
recyclables or disposable product. Usually the disposables are a lot cheaper
than the recyclables. So people think that the purchase of disposables would be
more economical. The merits and demerits of recyclables and disposables are
being discussed in this paper.
What is recycling?
basically means reprocessing of the product for decreasing the further
utilisation of new resources. Recycling is a main component of modern waste
reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle" which is the waste hierarchy.
Recycling Facts and Benefits
supplied by: National Recycling Coalition
programs that are well-run cost less to operate than waste collection, land
filling, and incineration.
more people recycle, the cheaper it gets. Two years after calling recycling a
$40 million drain on the city, leaders of New York City realized that a
redesigned and efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20
million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.
sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating
private sector jobs. For every job of collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs
in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
Environmental Recycling Facts and Benefits
Information supplied by: National Recycling
70 million tons of material was diverted away from landfills and incinerators
in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990 by recycling and composting doubling
in just 10 years..
trees are saved by recycling every ton of paper.
energy that we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light
bulb for four hours.
is also beneficial to the air and water as it creates a net reduction in ten
major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water
is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us to do
that by saving energy.
- Manufacturing with recycled
materials and with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces
less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials