Essay about Make the World a Better Place to Live by Recycling

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We don't have to be a genius to be aware of global environmental mess we created over the years. The easiest thing we can do for our planet is recycling. Recycling is the process of turning used products-from household use, manufacturing and many others- into something profitable and advantageous and thereby reducing their negative effects on the environment to make the world a better place to live.
We should all be living in a clean world and that is why a large part of the society recycles.
Recycling has been around for thousands of years, actually everyone practice some kind of it even though the idea of recycling was introduced in 1970's during the environmental movement. As many studies have shown, recycling a
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Making new products from non recycled materials causes natural resources to deplete. (Castro et al 2009). Most of the recyclable items we use everyday are made from plastic, paper, glass or aluminum.
While manufacturing papers we use wood pulp from trees, producing plastic requires the use of oil as well as natural gas. We can say that making products from recycled materials means using fewer natural resources, that means less trees will be cut and not as much oil will be used to produce plastic. Research shows that 4% of U.S annual oil consumption goes into the manufacture of plastic, but recycling can make a significant impact on oil use.
For example in 1997, the U.S recycled 13 million cars which conserved 32.5 billion pounds of ore. Americans recycled about 33% of total municipal solid waste which is equivalent to saving almost 225 million barrels of oil (U.S EPA,2009).
Reducing pollution is another benefit in addition to conserving natural resources.
Every day, people produce millions of trash that are disposed in landfills which can cause water, air and land pollution. By recycling, we can lessen the waste materials that are placed into landfills and make the most out of these materials. If we don’t recycle, more and more garbage will go to landfills until they all get filled up. If that happens, where will the

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