Since the 1970s, the production of packaging and disposable products has increased significantly, as has the production of waste, especially in developed countries.
Today many governments and NGOs are charging companies responsible postures: economic growth must be combined with the preservation of the environment. Activities such as selective garbage collection and recycling of aluminum and paper are already common in many parts of the world.
The recycling process, besides preserving the environment also generates wealth, the most recycled materials are glass, aluminum, paper and plastic. This recycling contributes to a significant reduction in soil, water and air pollution. Many industries are recycling materials as a way to reduce production costs.
Many materials such as aluminum can be recycled with a reuse level of almost 100%. Melted, it returns to the production lines of packaging industries, reducing costs for companies.
Another benefit of recycling is the amount of jobs that she has spawned in the big cities. Many unemployed are seeking work in this sector and earning income to support their families. Paper and aluminum pickers cooperatives are already a good alternative in Brazil's urban centers.
Many educational campaigns have drawn attention to the problem of garbage in large cities. Increasingly, rapidly growing urban centers are finding it difficult to find places to set up garbage dumps. Therefore, recycling presents itself as an economically viable solution, besides being environmentally correct.
Nas schools, teachers should direct students to sort out the rubbish in their homes if this is not already happening. Today it is common that the condominiums have already organized the selective collection.
Other advantages of recycling:
- Every 50 pounds of used paper, turned into new paper, prevents a tree from being cut down. Think about how much paper you have thrown away today and imagine how many trees you could have helped preserve.
- Every 50 kilograms of recycled aluminum used prevents about 5,000 kilograms of bauxite ore from being extracted from the ground. How many soda cans have you thrown in the trash today?
- With a pound of broken glass, exactly one pound of new glass is made. And the great advantage of glass is that it can be recycled endlessly.
- Energy saving and raw materials. Less air, water and soil pollution.
- Improves city cleanlinessbecause the resident who gets into the habit of sorting out the trash hardly throws it on public roads.
- Generates income by marketing the recyclables. Decreases waste.
- Create jobs for users of the City's social and health programs.
- It gives citizens the opportunity to preserve nature in a concrete way, taking more responsibility for the waste they generate.
Now just imagine the landfills: how much material is there, taking up space, and could have been recycled!
As we can see, if man knows how to use the resources of nature, we may soon have a cleaner and more developed world. In this way we will be able to achieve the long awaited sustainable development of the planet.
Examples of Recyclable Products
- Glass: food jars (olives, corn, curd, etc.), bottles, medicine bottles, broken glass.
- Paper: newspapers, magazines, leaflets, cardboard boxes, paper packaging.
- Metal: aluminum cans, steel cans, nails, lids, paste tubes, copper, aluminum.
- Plastic: plastic pots, PET bottles, plastic bags, packaging and grocery bags.