The Truth About Recycling By Chloe Fedor
Recycling bins are in our homes, schools and all over the world; our minds are trained to recycle every substance that is possibly recyclable. We often point to recycling as a superhero- like throwing away our plastics bottles are slapping pollution in the face! One by one we are cleaning up the environment by making small lifestyle changes like using reusable water bottles, but some of our changes are actually hurting the environment around us. Five negative effects from recycling are:
2) Air pollution will always be an issue in our world. The process of recycling alone produces tons of pollutants from the exhaust of recycling trucks to producing energy at plants. Each recycling truck contains over three dozen airborne toxins. With that information in mind, there were about 179,000 waste collection vehicles on roads in 2009- all together the recycling trucks produced about 6,444,000 toxins.
3) Paper Sludge Process- when paper is being recycled, all the paper will be mixed up into a soft, shapeless matter known as pulp. The pulp is washed, cleaned and pressed into new paper which is the process of recycling, but during this process, wastes including paper fibers, inks, chemicals and dyes are filtered out into one huge paper sludge. The sludge is then sent to be burned or into a landfill, where it can produce a lot of toxic chemicals into groundwater.
4) Most cans aren't really recyclable. Two of the seven plastics in life are really recyclable; the other five of the seven will be collected, processed and thrown into a landfill. Some of these five plastics can slip through when they aren't supposed to, and you can end up with chemicals like BPA in your new plastic products.
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Did you know that only around 27% of plastic bottles are recycled?
Although recycling has many positive effects and is a great way to be a greener, more healthy planet, recycling still convinces us that it is okay to be wasteful in other areas of our lives, simply because we make up for it through recycling.