Recycling can save us all

Refusing to believe that recycling helps our economy, is to believe that littering saves the earth.

Aspyn R. Branson and Emily Meredith

Sometimes we become oblivious to how much help our economy really needs.

If recycling is the future, then we must focus our efforts on mitigating negative impacts to our community while protecting our environment. ”

— Tony Cardenas

There is now 5.25 trillion micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean. Although we sometimes don’t quite know what we should recycle, recycling is important.

With recycling, comes so many benefits. It reduces the amount of garbage that goes to landfills, which helps prevent it from blowing away into the natural habitat where wildlife and ocean life can access it. This keeps the ecosystem safe and clean.

photo of local recycling bins uploaded to wiki commons by Zakhx150

It also helps create jobs. There are approximately 56,000 establishments that employ more than 1.1 million people. With COVID, finding a good well paying job can be hard, but this job receives an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues.

There is an ongoing opinion that “recycling costs too much” Does it cost too much to save your grandchildren? Despite the high costs of recycling, proponents of recycling argue that the environmental and health benefits of recycling outweigh the costs. Saving our economy for our future generations to come should be our main priority. 

Getting more people to recycle would reduce the costs. The costs are only so high at the moment because the industry needs the money to operate, but if more people start recycling the cost will go down.

If we recycle we can save the Earth, not only for ourselves, but generations to come.