Recycling might be a cost effective way of reducing waste and promoting a more sustainable model for natural resources, but it also carries important and beneficial environmental ramifications. One of the founding principles for promoting recycling practices came about due to the waste and refuse created by bygone rubbish systems that have existed for centuries, in one incarnation or another.

Regardless of the modern innovations to waste disposal, it remains an agent of immense pollution, releasing harmful greenhouse gasses and chemicals into the air from overflowing landfill sites that damage local animal populations and spill loose refuse into nearby oceans. Landfills have become dead zones that were not only unhealthy for the natural setting, but increasingly unhealthy and unsafe for people to tend and contain themselves.

Recycling helps to abate some of these undesired effects in a number of ways both surprising and obvious. Recycling is a cleaner and more efficient method of waste disposal, but it also helps to indirectly combat deforestation and other global concerns by helping the modern world to better manage, sustain and replenish its natural resources.

The relationship between raw materials, and the wasteful ways that standard rubbish practices discard those materials, has created an enormous gap between the modern world’s need for these materials and the irresponsible discarding of said materials to dump sites and rubbish heaps where their value is left and forgotten about. The essence of recycling is an innovation in the way people practice their materialism, allowing them to enjoy the spoils of the modern world while still using those spoils responsibly, sustainably and respectfully, in ways that don’t damage the environment or put unnecessary strain on the planet’s natural resources.

It also takes an enormous amount of manpower, energy and production to transform raw materials into recognizable modern products, but the recycling of those products is measurably easier, less expensive, and ultimately more conservative alternative to the liberal use of resources that has seen numerous landfills contaminating public land and endangering nearby population with pollution, chemical refuse and bacteria. It’s important for people to understand that the materialism of the modern world is going to continue to consume so long as its wealth continues to thrive, and recycling can help to meditate that cycle in ways that are just as beneficial to the environment as they are to people and their pocketbooks.

Recycling is the primary means for transforming the way the modern world handles its materials, introducing a self-sustaining circle of raw materials packaged and then repackaged again for alternative uses and functionality. There are more people on the planet every passing day, and population predictions assume the multipliers are only going to increase, but the downside of an abundance of people and wealth comes down to the resources needed to sustain that population’s modern needs. Although most people don’t pay attention to the relationship their everyday routine has with rubbish and waste disposal, every cup of coffee, wrapped hamburger, packaged food and bottled liquids introduce more and more materials into the world that are not biodegradable. Recycling allows these non-biodegradable materials to be used and reused again and again, helping to introduce an artificial ecological system where people can still re-purpose the trash of their environment in the same way that natural animals re-purpose their own biological refuse.

The disposing of waste is more often than not a costly and polluting endeavour, because it takes more effort and energy to get rid of a material than it does to recycle that material into new and innovative uses. Recycling programs help the modern world better manage its abundance of materials and better sustain the materials it has already acquired, helping to slow the environmental damage caused by the mining of natural resources. Waste not, want not.

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