The Dangers Of Recycling: Pollution To The Waste Solution

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The stench, the horrendous sight, and the wretched feeling that landfills give off to their viewers. What kind of world do individuals want to live in where their air is filled with smog, and their water is brown with lead poising. While extremes are not always the case, they could become common if the waste in which the world throws away is not reduce. Recycling, the solution to the waste dilemma, provides a plausible reality in which individuals can contribute to reusing materials in hopes that they will better off the planet. Materials in which individuals are trashing, are decomposing into gasses harmful to the atmosphere, and are contaminating local water sources. Because of this, individuals will need to actively participate to save the …show more content…
The problem with the releasing of greenhouse gases are that life could become unsustainable if the surface temperature of earth became too high. Because these gases become trapped in our atmosphere, heat is also trapped on the surface of the earth (“What”). The United States Environmental Agency (EPA) announced in 2010, “Worldwide, net emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities increased by 35 percent from 1990 to 2010.” The emission of these harmful gases, such as methane which is 21 times as powerful as Carbon Dioxide in causing global warming, are causing serious environmental problems in which recycling can greatly reduce. For example, roughly 60 percent of waste in America is organic material that can be recycled or composted rather than decomposing in landfills (“Climate”). Because composing organic material produces carbon dioxide, the organization Whatsyourimpact stated, “Experiments where carbon dioxide concentrations were raised by around 50% increased crop growth by around 15%.” Similarly, Carbon Dioxide can be recycled by plants into oxygen, and is the least powerful gas in causing global warming. Not only does recycling reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it also reduces the waste that builds up in …show more content…
Allen Hershkowtiz, president and co-founder of Green Sports Alliance, stated, “Recycling is ecologically superior to using virgin materials.” For example, paper accounted for one third of the total solid waste dispose by Americans in 2006 according to the EPA (Weeks). This recycling of paper saves millions of trees, prevents deforestation, and prevents several problems such as climate change, lack of oxygen, and lack of biodiversity. Furthermore, products can become more valuable because “[r]ecycling often produces better products than those made of virgin materials; for instance, the tin in “tin” cans is more refined (thus more valuable) after being processed for recycling” (Weeks). In addition, Americans saved roughly 2.5 million tons of coal by recycling 5 tons of steel in 2005 (“Recycling”). Because coal takes roughly 300 million years to form, it is considered a natural resources, and thus every effort to recycle or find alternative energy sources improves the future sustainability of the world (Weeks). Recycling in every aspect improves the global environment tremendously, and reduces the rate in which resources are being

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