Why do we recycle? Do our kids know why we recycle? Why keep the environment clean? Why not just throw trash where you want? April is Earth month and a great time to discuss recycling and the importance of teaching our kids the benefits of recycling.
There are many benefits to recycling that we may not think of when we are collecting our paper products and plastic containers for the recycling bin each week. Knowing how much impact it has on the environment can help make us not only recycle more but to teach our kids as well. If your trash does not pick up recyclable product there are places where you can drop off recyclables.
Benefits of Recycling
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
- Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
- Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
Recycling helps to conserve resources: When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. Also, using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy than needed for producing new products from raw materials. Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces.
As our children see us conserve and take steps to make the Earth a better place, they are more likely to emulate us. My kids know where the trash bin is in our house and they know where the recycling bin is and they know what goes in each! Having a conversation with our kids to enforce how we are helping the environment, creating jobs and reducing waste will spur them to do the same! Happy Earth Month!
Resources: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics and https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/why-recycle
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the March 2018 issue. All opinions are my own.