Sample Environmental Studies Paper on Value of Recycling is Good for the Environment

You may have heard about recycling, but have you ever thought the role recycling can play in protecting and conserving natural resources and the environment? It is time that every nation, every global citizen takes a proactive and active role in protecting mother earth. For sustainable development, it is important to change how we treat the environment. Growing industrialization has caused devastating effects on the environment and extension the climate (Sidique, Lupi & Joshi, 2010). Companies indiscriminately dispose wastes and end up polluting water, land and air. The corporate social responsibility initiatives of these companies have little or nothing to conserve, protect or advance the environment (Welford, 2016). As a result, there are deafening calls and incessant campaigns for companies to adopt green technologies (Bonelli, 2018). Green living involves the reuse of products, conservation of resources and recycling of products. All citizens including corporate citizens have a duty to embrace green living especially recycling given the role it plays in conserving the environment (Tierney, 2015). As a strong advocate of green economy, I feel companies need to do more recycling. Recycling is beneficial to the environment and climate since it reduces pollution, eases the pressure to consume raw materials and helps mitigate the threat of climate change. In this speech, I will discuss the benefits of recycling to the environment and the climate.

Recycling waste products appreciably reduces environmental pollution. Recycling helps to reduce not only domestic pollution but also industrial wastes. Domestic wastes necessitate the management of landfills. Since most industrial and municipal wastes are dumped in landfills, recycling can help reduce the demand for landfills (Bonelli, 2018). Materials dumped in landfills produce numerous emissions such as methane and hydrogen sulfide which are key air pollutants. Landfills also impair with the quality of air as gases originating from these landfills contaminate the air and make it smell bad. Emissions from landfills also mix with rain water causing acid rain which has deleterious effects on human health but also stability of ecosystems and biodiversity (EPA, 2016). Hydrogen sulfide gas which originates from landfills threatens respiratory health as it cases various diseases and conditions such as irritation and cancer. Recycling industrial and municipal wastes can help achieve green living aspirations and make the environment safe for all living organisms. Additionally, recycling reduces the pressure on raw materials. Raw materials found in the earth are finite and hence exhaustible. It is thus imperative to consider economical and considerate utilization of the available resources for sustainability. It is evident that, recycling reduces profligacy and promotes optimal exploitation of resources.




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