by Suhaib Arogundade
Recycling is simply the process of converting waste materials into new items. There are different views about whether recycling is good or not and at what stage is a product due for recycling. Another grey area about recycling is the economic and environmental benefit which of course is dependent on the type of waste material to be recycled.
However, beyond the different views and opinion about recycling, there are some interesting facts that are notable and worthy of knowing so as to key into the recycling initiative irrespective of the opinion you hold. Hence, below are seven fun facts you should know about recycling.
Fact 1: Recycling one aluminum-can can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours or the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline.
Thought 1: Will you still throw away your aluminum-can or get it recycled?
Fact 2: Recycling one ton of paper saves 682.5 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Thought 2: Where do you send your paper after use? To the dumpsite/landfill or recycling plant?
Fact 3: The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
Thought 3: Will you rather get your glass bottle recycled or let it pollute water by producing new one from virgin raw material?
Fact 4: 27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.
Thought 4: This is quite tricky though. You might want to consider how the toilet paper you are using is being made. From recycled paper or virgin trees?
Fact 5: Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours.
Thought 5: Will you rather recycle your plastic bottle to save energy or toss it in the bin?!
Fact 6: A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose and even longer if it’s in the landfill.
Thought 6: Before you toss that glass bottle in the waste bin, consider what will happen to it at the dumpsite.
Fact 7: Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.
Thought 7: Think again when you visit the beach and throw-away your plastic drink bottle.
Author: Suhaib Arogundade
Suhaib Arogundade is an enthusiastic young professional who has interest in commodity trading, mindset redesigning, and waste management research.
Suhaib is the Chief Waste Eliminator at WasteWatch Africa.