What are some advantages of recycling?


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Advantages of recycling include the reductions in energy usage, incineration and pollution, and it conserves natural resources. Recycling also helps protect the environment by reducing the amount of extraction of natural resources through mining and quarrying, and by conserving forests.

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Processing raw materials during the manufacturing process requires a considerable amount of energy. Reusing materials reduces the amount of energy usage required for producing on a large scale by cutting mining and refining needs. Recycling materials during manufacturing may also help companies save money.

Manufacturers often send garbage to an incinerator, which produces ash that is difficult to deal with and releases greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. Recycling reduces the amount of garbage burned, and potentially helps reduce global warming and its negative effects.

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