The Importance of Recycling

Why recycling is important

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Recycling is essential to the environment.

Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, as well as reducing the need for new raw materials and energy. Recycling can also help conserve water, which is an increasingly precious resource.

Recycling conserves natural resources.

By recycling, you are not only conserving natural resources, you’re also saving energy. The use of recycled materials has been shown to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by reducing the need for new raw materials, which can be obtained through mining and deforestation.

Recycling also reduces pollution and waste. For example, using recycled paper products instead of those made from virgin wood helps reduce air pollution by eliminating the need to cut down trees in order to create paper products. And if all plastic bottles were recycled instead of thrown away or incinerated (as they currently are), nearly all of them could be reused or turned into fuel that powers cars! Recycled glass takes less energy than producing new glass due to lower temperatures needed during processing; this means less fuel is needed during production compared with creating new items from scratch—which saves money too!

Recycling saves energy.

Unlike reuse, recycling is an energy-intensive process. Recycling uses less energy than making new products from scratch, but it still consumes a great deal of resources. For example, the process of making plastic from recycled materials uses about 80% less electricity than manufacturing virgin plastic—but it still requires quite a bit of power to melt down old plastics and extrude them into new ones.

To put all this in perspective: recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run your TV for three hours! That’s impressive!

Recycling helps combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling can help combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment, as well as the amount of fossil fuels needed to make new products. It also reduces waste sent to landfills and methane releases from landfills (methane is a major component in landfill gas).

Recycling reduces pollution and waste, which results in cleaner air and water.

Recycling helps protect our environment by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, incinerators, the ocean and in our air. The less stuff you throw away, the less space we need to keep all these items out of landfills. Recycling also reduces the amount of energy consumed producing new products from raw materials. This results in less pollution because there is less fuel used by trucks that transport materials around and fewer emissions from factories making new products.

Recycling reduces landfill use, which has a positive impact on health and quality of life.

There are many good reasons to recycle, but one of the most important is that it reduces the amount of waste that a landfill has to deal with. It’s always better to reuse something than throw it away.

Landfills have become a major source of air pollution in urban areas, due to their high concentration of toxic materials that leach into nearby soil and water sources. They also emit large amounts of methane gas (which contributes significantly to climate change) at an alarming rate.

Landfill fires can be caused by spontaneous combustion or by arsonists who are looking for quick profit from scrap metal recycling programs that reward people for turning in usable metals found at landfills (it’s true!). Landfill fires are incredibly dangerous because they often spread unexpectedly as fast as 100 feet per minute—and when they do break out, there are no easy firefighting methods available due to how quickly things go up in flames once exposed underground without oxygen circulation being present outside these facilities; thus most efforts involve trying not only stop the spread but also minimize damage done so far already taken place before help arrives on scene after getting notified by someone nearby noticing smoke rising above ground level–which could mean days if not weeks before anyone notices anything happening below ground level where this would first occur – obviously making recovery efforts even more difficult since entire sections need digging out before access even exists once again!

Recycled products are strong and long-lasting.

Recycling is an important step in reducing the amount of waste in our landfills. Recycled products are often stronger than their virgin counterparts, meaning that they last longer and perform better. Consider this simple example: paper made from recycled fibers typically lasts longer than paper made with new fibers. That’s because some of the chemicals that make virgin paper soft, smooth and absorbent are also responsible for weakening it over time.

So when you recycle your old newspapers into a new box of cereal or magazine into a pencil case—you’re not just doing your part to keep things out of landfills; you’re making sure that what you buy will last longer than it otherwise would have.

The benefits of recycling far outweigh not doing it.

There are many reasons to recycle. After all, the benefits far outweigh not doing it.

  • It saves money. According to the EPA, over $100 billion in taxpayer money is saved through recycling every year because of reductions in the need for raw materials and energy.
  • It saves time and energy: when you recycle an aluminum can, you save enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours! Recycling also prevents emissions of greenhouse gases during manufacturing—an important consideration as we continue to combat climate change.
  • It reduces pollution by reducing landfill use (the average American tosses about 4 pounds of trash per day). Landfills release methane gas into our atmosphere which contributes significantly to climate change; one ton of recycled material can offset about 3 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases that would otherwise have been produced by making new products from virgin materials.

In summary, recycling benefits us all—environmentally and financially! So please consider taking part in this effort as often as possible so together we can make our world cleaner while saving money at the same time!


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Ensure (verb) = to make certain that something happens.
Example: “We need to ensure that the project is completed by Thursday”

Recycle (verb) = to use material such as paper, glass and plastic again and not throw it away.
Example: “The government should do more to make it easier for people to recycle”.

Take responsibility (idiom) = to accept responsibility for something
Example: “Project managers should take more responsibility for their actions”.

The question

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Should people take more responsibility when it comes to recycling?

Sample Answer

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Recycling is an issue that we should all take more responsibility towards. Even though I know it is important to recycle, there are times when I forget to do so. In addition many people don’t know much about recycling, and how it plays an important role in our livelihood.

Recycling is something you should do because it’s important for the environment. It creates less pollution, uses less energy and helps preserve natural resources. It’s a simple way to feel good about yourself and do something good for the environment!

Additional Questions

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  • Do you recycle plastic?
  • Do you think you should recycle more?
  • What age should children take responsibility for recycling?
  • What responsibility does the government have in ensuring plastic is recycled?
  • Should companies take more responsibility about the plastic they use?
  • How can we ensure people take more responsibility for recycling the plastic they use?

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