We hear about environmental problems almost daily. Most, such as global warming, waste disposal, deforestation, species endangerment, water pollution, and air pollution, seem so large and complex that we as individuals feel as if we can do nothing about them. At the very least, these problems seem to require group or government intervention. But, there are some things that we as individuals can control. By reducing our waste, and by recycling, every person can make an effective difference. We can make that difference each and every day.
Recycling is an environmentally friendly activity which helps to reduce waste disposal requirements and which promotes the goal of resource sustainability. Sustainability provides for our current resource needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Recycling also protects natural resources and it reduces environmental damage caused by mining, logging, and the processing of raw materials. Recycling saves energy because processing recyclable materials generally consumes less energy than the collection, transportation, and processing of raw materials does. Recycling protects our environment because it reduces the demand on landfill space, and it helps to keep our air cleaner. Plus, recycling is good for the economy. Recyclable materials are essentially a national resource. Resources are wealth; wealth creates business; and business, in turn, creates jobs, stimulates the economy, and increases tax revenues.