12 Meaningful Fun Facts About Recycling

You always hear people say reduce, reuse or recycle. You know what it is and how it helps our world. Recycling is a simple process of converting waste materials into items that are usable.

Recycling contributes to numerous societal benefits and can help to protect the environment. Small efforts of recycling can prevent waste accumulating in the oceans and on earth. By recycling, we are saving landfill space, saving energy and controlling pollution.

When you participate in recycling efforts, it inspires you. You will feel happy that you are making the world a better place.  Always think about the item before you throw it in the waste bin. Recycling is an important way towards protecting the environment and keeping communities healthy. Try to find a way to reuse the item or recycle it if possible.  Avoid buying disposable items.

Here are some meaningful fun facts about recycling:

Fact #1: Recycling protects the planet

This is a common sense fact about recycling. You are probably aware that the waste can damage the planet. Make an effort to find out the usefulness of items and how to recycle them appropriately. Many waste items can be reused.

Fact #2: Recycling creates jobs

Recycling efforts can help in creating many jobs nationally. When you recycle, the products are being reused. There are specialized recycling companies dealing with transforming recycled materials into reusable items.

Fact #3: There are customized recycling bins

Today’s organizations can order customized and branded bins that will match the decor of the office or home. You can get one bin that combines trash and recycling. This can prevent recycling items ending up in trash bins.

Fact #4: Recycling generates power

Aluminum cans that are recycled can generate sufficient energy to power a TV or iPod. Think of it this way, if everyone recycles an aluminum can, we generate enough power for light bulbs and television. Aluminum cans can take 200 to 500 years to decompose so why waste it in decomposing when it can be used for other good purposes.

Fact #5: Recycling saves trees

When we recycle paper and reuse the paper for brochures, books, or anything else, we are reducing the number of trees that are cut annually to produce not just regular paper, but also newspapers. Saving small quantity of paper can save over thousands of trees. Recycled paper produces less air pollution than when made from raw materials.

Fact #6: Recycling helps with renewable wood

Wood is sustainable and a renewable resource. Today, for every tree cut, there is a tree planted. However, it takes time for trees to grow and mature. Wood can be reused and transformed into a wide variety of secondary products such as wood pallets, soil conditioner and more. This way smaller amount of trees are cut. Consequently, fewer materials remain on landfills that reduce air and water pollution.

Fact #7: Recycling plastic is a lot faster

Plastic can take many years to decompose. Research indicates that it can take over 500 years for plastic to decompose on landfills. Recycling plastic achieves environmental conservation. It can conserve petroleum and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Fact #8: Recycling glass can save energy consumption

Glass is the perfect material to recycle especially since it takes over a million years to decompose. Glass has an endless timeline and can be reused, as it does not lose its purity. You save energy from recycling one glass bottle that can run a 100-watt light bulb for about four hours. Recycling glass causes less environmental pollution. Recycling glass can save up to 30% of energy that is used to make glass from raw materials.

Fact #9: Recycling reusable items

Waste can be recycled in many ways. It can be crafted into objects to sell or used as materials to make a home. Glass and other containers can simply be reused. Furniture can always be repaired, restored and refinished making it look good as new. You can even reuse envelopes by blanking out the text or sticking a label over the text.  You can also use the envelop to take notes. You can choose durable goods over disposable ones to prevent waste. What you cannot reuse, you should be able to recycle.

Fact #10: Recycling steel conserves energy

Steel is a 100% recyclable material. Every time steel is recycled, iron ore, coal and limestone are conserved. The amount of energy needed to produce a ton of steel has significantly reduced over 46 years.

Fact #11: Waste is recyclable

Contrary to what many say about waste, statistics show that 75% of waste is recyclable. However, we only recycle around 30%. Today, many organizations are recycling including retailers and groceries that recycle their cardboard.

Fact #12: Recyclable products are up for sale

There are many companies now selling recyclable products. Many items such as toys, hiking gear, milk jugs and fabric are made from 100% recyclable materials. These companies are reducing waste, lowering carbon emissions and keeping plastic out of the oceans.  When oceans are free from plastic, the seabirds live a long and healthy life. There are even recycled toilet tissue that is made of recycled paper fibers, bamboo or sugarcane.