The Importance Of Solving The Environment

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We are living in the twenty-first century where convenience is everything. We use both nature and technology for our convenience and then throw them in the garbage after we are done with them. We don’t think for our actions even once. But these actions of ours are creating the unimaginable environmental plights like global warming, and climate change which, if not taken care of, will lead us to an era of burning heat, toxic air, and tremendous amount of deaths followed by the possible extinction of all beings on Earth. The United States, in particular, is greatly responsible for this, where more than “160 million tons of solid wastes are produced annually” which is about “more than 3 pounds per person each day” (“Recycling: A Major Solution …show more content…
Recycle helps us in many different ways. Recycle not only reduces risks to the environment but also have economic impacts. “If we were to recycle just our Sunday newspapers, we could save 500,000 trees every week” (“Recycling: A Major Solution For a Major Problem”). When we recycle, it helps us economically by reducing product cost. For example, “using fresh aluminum costs twice as much as using recycled aluminum” (“Recycling Benefits to the Economy”). Also, recycling helps us to save acres of land by emptying the landfills. “If the United States recycled only half of the newspaper consumed annually, it would divert enough trash from landfills to fill 3,200 garbage trucks every day” (“Recycling: A Major Solution For a Major Problem”). Even more employment can be generated and technology can be innovated with the help of recycling. Recycling creates new businesses such as companies that manufacture recycling products, transport system, and sell recovered materials and even generates revenue. “The recycling industry in South Carolina has grown from 26,537 employees in 1995, to a total of 37,440 employed in 2005 with $6.5 billion in economic impact. This contributed $69 million in state tax revenue and is estimated to grow by 12% in the next five years” (“The Economics of Recycling in the Southeast: Understanding the Whole …show more content…
Only “about 34% of wastes” are recycled here. “In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.3 percent recycling rate” (“Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures”). Every year, Americans throw away “2 billion disposable razors, 18 billion disposable diapers (produced at the expense of about 21 million trees), and 200 million automobile tires” (“Recycling: A Major Solution For a Major Problem”). Making cans from recycled aluminum requires “95% less energy” and creates “90% less greenhouse-gas emissions than virgin materials, yet more than 40 billion aluminum cans hit America 's landfills every year” (“In the Bin”). Instead of “35%, if the United States is able to recycle only 75% of its waste”, it will have the environmental benefit equivalent of removing “50 million cars from the road each year and it will also generate 1.5 million new jobs” (“Recycling

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