Why recycling is so important for the planet

There is no space for waste. The impact of recycling on the environment and society.

Recycling is one way in which we can positively impact the world we live in. It is important for the environment and for society, but we must act fast, since the amount of waste we generate increases every day.

This increase in the amount of trash is mainly due to 3 factors:
• The population increases, which means that there are more people to create waste.
• New packaging and technological products are constantly being developed, most of them contain materials that are not biodegradable.
• People’s lifestyle, such as mass consumption of fast food, means that we generate additional waste that is not biodegradable.

Of course, these are just some of the causes that lead to the degradation of the environment. For example, harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases are released from garbage in landfills. In this case, recycling helps reduce the pollution caused by waste.

Recycling reduces the need for raw materials so that tropical forests can be preserved. Likewise, it requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve natural resources. And so the list goes on.

When we talk about the benefits of recycling, not only the environmental impact is highlighted. Recycling is essential for cities around the world and for the people who live in them. Mainly because there is no space for waste, but it could also reduce financial spending in the economy. Making products from raw materials in the long-term costs more than those made with recycled products. Finally, preserving natural resources for future generations is the foundation of sustainable development. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials and also uses less energy, thus preserving natural resources for the future.

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Argentina has all the potential to travel a path towards sustainability. More than 10 years passed from the Zero Waste Law, and the balance shows not encouraging and unfulfilled results; However, none of the efforts made will be in vain.

According to official data from the government of the City of Buenos Aires, in 2015, about 1,000 tons of recyclable material were recovered per day; which translates into 18% of the household waste generated in the district, estimated at 5500 tons per day.