What Is the Purpose of Recycling?

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The purpose of recycling is to conserve energy, help the environment, reduce pollution, slow global warming and reduce waste products in landfills. By recycling, people can greatly contribute to the earth’s overall health and keep the air, water and land clean. Recycling is a simple and easy way to help save the environment.

Recycling saves and conserves energy because it takes far less energy to reprocess recycled materials into new materials than to process virgin materials. For example, recycling paper to make new paper products takes less energy overall than creating new paper products from trees.

Recycling also helps reduce global warming and reduce air pollution by reducing the industrial production of new goods. Recycling goods to make new goods saves energy and reduces the amount of industrial work that must be completed to create a new product. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and, thus, reduces global warming and air pollution.

Recycling also reduces the amount of waste products in the world’s landfills. Products that are recycled will not go to landfills and will, in turn, not contribute to the amount of waste materials there are on Earth. Through recycling, less materials are placed in the landfills, and there is more room in the landfills for non-biodegradable garbage materials.