The below article appeared on yahoo green, posted on 12/21/2010. May the new year be one in which recycling be practiced in all work places and all homes for the sake of our planet. The article begins........
Most of us believe that recycling is ethically the right thing to do. But sadly, we all seem to have friends, family, and acquaintances that do not recycle.
Below are some of the reasons why people do not recycle and why they should:
The author of the below article is Ronnie Citron-Fink
Five Reasons Why People Do Not Recycle1. Recycling is inconvenient.
This seems to be the number one reason why people don't recycle -- they don't want to put in the extra effort. Some places have no pick-up. Some people say that they just can't be bothered. Is that a good enough reason?
2. I do not have enough space in my home to recycle.
The lack of space is an issue for many. People don't want to see garbage and with little storage space for recycling bins, the trash is an eyesore. Is that a good enough reason?
3. If they paid me, I'd recycle.
Some countries fine people for not recycling. Some regions pay for just bottle recycling (we know that works). Some areas have no penalties or incentives for recycling. Is that a good enough reason?
4. Recycling doesn't make a difference. So why do it?
Misinformation about overflowing landfills, depleted resources, and climate change has convinced some people that recycling doesn't make a difference. They believe there is no problem. Is that a good enough reason?
5. It is just to hard to do.
Since there are so many facets to recycling -- bottle, plastic, and paper -- it's hard to decipher which kinds go where. Is that a good enough reason?
Five Reasons Why People Should Recycle1. Recycling saves energy.
Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn't have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By using recycled materials, we save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down.
2. Recycling reduces landfills.
Recycling reduces the need for more landfills. No one wants to live next to a landfill.
3. Recycling preserves our resources and protects wildlife.
By recycling, we reduce the need to destroy habitats for animals. Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees.
4. Recycling is good for the economy.
Recycling and purchasing recycled products creates a greater demand for more recycled goods. Goods made from recycled materials use less water, create less pollution, and uses less energy.
5. Recycling helps our climate problems.
Recycling produces considerably less carbon, which reduces the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas omissions.
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Check out my postings I wrote on 'Green living' and helping the Earth , and recycling. Just like anything else, if you think it important and want to do it, you'll find a way, and nothing can keep you from doing it. I hope you think the condition of our earth and resources are important, and think about recycling every day. It really doesn't take much effort. Every little bit of recycling makes a difference. So what you do for recycling, it's greatly appreciated and I hope if you haven't been recycling, you overcome all the reasons you've not been recycling and become a super-recycle-er in 2011. On behalf of the Earth and all it's inhabitants, thank you, thank you. thank you. Remember the three R's- reduce, reuse and recycle.