The Real Deal about recycling by Jogailė Čojūtė

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Whenever someone told me that recycling is good and it is something that saves the planet, nobody gave me the actual reasons of recycling benefits… But today, I am bringing you – the real deal about recycling. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials (that would otherwise be thrown away as trash) and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. Now, let’s look at all the bins, and let’s find out about their purpose. PAPER – the blue bins. Books, magazines and notebooks require a lot of paper. That means we need to chop off lots of trees, which could still be green, they could still freshen the air, make people and birds happy. But now if we recycle, hundreds of blue containers in the city would be filled with paper. That means the old papers could become books and magazines and even tomorrow’s newspapers again! Our scientists calculated, that every metric TON of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 26 thousand liters of water and saves energy which would be enough for 6 months to make a medium size house warm! Imagine, 17 not destroyed trees. All this only because of one tone of old paper. GLASS – the green bins. Glass is made when melting a sandy mixture in a higher  than 1000 degrees temperature. That requires a lot of electric power. When making glass out of old, wrecked glass, it needs just one third of the electric power you would use without the recycled glass. That’s how materials are saved, and less carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. That means we can enjoy the pure air. PLASTIC – the yellow bins. Now recycling plastic garbage is extremely important, because plastic disintegrates (dies, breaks up, comes apart) in 500 years!!! This really affects our poor planet. One recycled plastic bottle saves that energy which is needed to a 60W electric light bulb to be on for 6 hours straight… A whole winter evening. When recycling plastic, 2.5 times less carbon dioxide, dangerous to nature and the human, is thrown out in the atmosphere. This is our planet, I repeat, OUR. Let’s recycle, let’s save it all – us, the planet, the animals. The earth will thank you for it. May our planet prosper.

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