Despite the crucial role that recycling plays in making the world a better place, it remains a lost art to many people. Often, people pass over opportunities to contribute to a greener and safer world out of sheer ignorance. As the level of pollution in the world increases, the quality of life goes down. Dramatic changes in climate and air quality occur, affecting everyone in equal measures.
Here are some prime motives to view recycling in a positive light:
It is good for the economy
Recycling has little economic value to the uninitiated, but in a real sense, the Australian recycling industry is a billion-dollar industry. The sector creates employment for thousands of workers in addition to conserving the environment. Metal recyclers play a particularly important role in safeguarding the environment and providing affordable metal to the construction industry.
Recycling makes use of readily available metal, which lowers mining activities. By extension, the mining industries lower their production, which saves power and reduces environmental pollution. In return, recyclers pass the cost savings to consumers.
It is good for the environment
You probably have walked past a landfill and experienced the horrible smell it emanates. Well, that is only the tip of the iceberg. These make the perfect breeding ground for rats and other disease-carrying vectors, including insects. After some time, they are likely to make their way into your home and cause you a lot of discomfort. In addition, decomposing matter releases toxic waste including mercury and lead that seeps into the ground. These metals make a place inhabitable and will often find ways to leak into the water supplies. They can affect the quality of water in the rivers and lakes, poisoning anything they meet — both plants and animals.
While recycling might seem to be a small issue, it carries a boatload of benefits for everyone. Other than making the environment cleaners, recycling is good for your health and wallet as well.