Recycling plastic is important because this material is used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products, and an incredible amount of unused plastic already exists. Energy conservation is also a concern as a significantly lesser amount of energy is used when recycling plastic compared to normal production.
The positives of plastic recycling are demonstrated in the decreased price and future conservation of oil, which is needed to create virgin plastic. It is also important to recycle plastic to conserve landfill space. Plastic composes a significant portion of landfills, and it generally is not biodegradable. The wide availability of recycling options means that it is usually convenient to recycle plastic.