Recycling Made Simple

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Recycling, such a simple concept of making new from old, and yet most Americans don’t seem to grasp the concept. Why is this you ask? That is what I am going to find out. Recycle, the name itself nearly tells all. To recycle is to take old and make new from the old material. Glass, metal, and plastic can all be recycled by being melted down and remolded into something new. Paper can also be recycled, only the process is a bit different. When industries recycle paper they start by taking the old paper and mashing it into a pulp. The process is very similar to how they make new paper from wood; the biggest difference is the amount of bleach used. One of the biggest set backs for the recycling industry is the fact that not enough people utilize it as much as they should. How could we work to change this? Let us talk a little bit about the pros and cons of recycling. Recycling can cause a surplus amount of what was once garbage to become something much more. If you were to go to your nearest landfill and look around at the piles of garbage, you could probably spot a few recyclables. Perhaps more than a few, maybe most of it is recyclable. Now imagine if the entire landfill was made up of mostly recyclable byproducts and what would happen if you recycled all of it. The once pile of garbage could be a park, forest, or even a wild life reserve. Those are only the physical benefits; some think that there would be financial benefits if everyone recycled as well. In many cases, it is cheaper to reuse than to make new. Paper, for example, can be recycled in almost the exact same process that is used to make new. It costs more to buy new timber and process it, than it does the reprocess paper. This could possibly be true for more produc... ... middle of paper ... ...ediate result of our changes, but with recycling, however, that is not the case. When you pick up a recycled product, you know it is making a difference. Every acre of landfill has the potential to be saved through recycling. We should learn from our cattle industries and use everything we can. Maybe we should even listen to Europe and make it more convenient to recycle. Works Cited Wikipedia contributors. "Recycling." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 Jun. 2010. Web. 20 Jun. 2010. URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” EPA.gov. 5 May 2010. 20 June 2010. URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/index.htm Braungart, Michael, and McDonough, William. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, New York, NY: North Point Press 2002.

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