Recycling materials such as plastic and paper can dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
In order to create plastic bottles and cardboard boxes, manufacturers need to extract the raw material and then the material is processed and molded through a manufacturing line to create the final product. The whole extraction and manufacturing process causes significant pollution within the atmosphere. Chemicals used to process the material can contribute to water pollution, because often the water is not filtered before being released back into the ocean.
Extraction of raw materials involves mining and deforestation, this causes more carbon dioxide and increases green house emissions in the atmosphere. The deforestation destroys the trees and plants which leaves more emissions in the atmosphere. The trees are natural air cleaners because they assist with the atmosphere cycle, humans produce carbon dioxide, trees absorb the carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, then humans breathe in the oxygen and release carbon dioxide, and so the cycle goes. Recycling paper means that there are less trees that need to be cut down, which results in more trees to absorb carbon dioxide.
Recycling in the home and in the office:
- Soft Plastics
- Broken Crockery and Glassware
- Ropes and Hoses
- Tins, Cans, Aerosols
- Glass Bottles and Jars
- Paper and Cardboard
- Plastic Containers
- Lawn Clippings and Prunings
- Small Branches
- Food Scraps
- Paper Towel and Tissue