Pollution Reduction Through Recycling

Almost anything we do, every product we use and everywhere we go, leads to us polluting the environment in one way or another. Driving pollutes the air, sending waste to landfills pollutes the air and land, and growing food using fertilizers and pesticides poisons groundwater as well as surrounding bodies of water.

One of the easiest ways of cutting back on pollution is recycling. Recycling converts waste materials into new materials and objects. It is the third component of the ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle‘ waste hierarchy and is a vital part of cleaning the environment.

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Can Pollution be Reduced?

Yes! Recycling can help reduce water pollution. The concept behind recycling is to make new products out of the old and recycled content. In doing so, the process uses less water than making the same products from scratch. By reducing the number of products that need to be made from scratch, you can help reduce the amount of industrial water pollution that’s created.

Also, according to National Geographic, a whopping 91% of plastic is not recycled, despite plastic being the greatest enemy of ocean water. Recycling helps keep these plastics out of the ocean and reduces the amount of ‘new’ plastic in circulation.

Electronic waste, which is some of the fastest-growing types of waste, contains mercury, lead and other toxins that could leak out of landfills and into local water sources. Landfills are known to release some of these toxins and much more into groundwater, and nearby bodies of water such as rivers.