Debunking 6 Common Recycling Myths
I think it’s important to do a bit of debunking of common recycling myths.
You have probably heard that recycling is too difficult, costs money, and that the items are just dumped in the trash anyway.
It can be difficult to discern the true facts about recycling from the myths about the practice that are rampant in the United States.
Read on for the true story behind six common recycling myths you’ve probably heard.
Recycling Myths 1 It Takes More Energy to Recycle Than to Make New Products
This myth is sometimes repeated in an effort to devalue the practice of recycling.
The fact is that we save about 11.9 BTUs (energy units) per ton of material recycled, compared to what it would take to make brand new products. This adds up over time and preserves our natural resources as well as energy.
Recycling Myths 2 Recycling is Useless if You Mix Your Materials
In the early days of recycling, it was necessary for residents or workers to sort different types of plastics, aluminum, and glass by hand, a costly and time-consuming process.
Today, however, most plants have machines that can sort the different types of plastics, making it much cheaper and less labor-intensive to make the best use of recycled materials.
Recycling Myths 3 Containers Must Be Washed Before Recycling
It’s fine to recycle containers and material without washing them. The processing plant removes most residue inside cans and bottles.
In addition, there’s no need to remove the labels, which typically burn off from the heat used during the recycling process. Many people have allowed these small factors to discourage them from using recycling opportunities unnecessarily.
Recycling Myths 4 Landfills Provide More Jobs Than Recycling
Opponents of recycling often claim that landfills provide important jobs and economic production, particularly for rural communities.
However, studies have actually shown that the recycling process provides more jobs and economic growth than the establishment of a new landfill.
Recycling Myths 5 Recycling is Too Difficult
Citizens may become easily overwhelmed at the thought of the labor involved in recycling.
The fact is, however, if you’re organized it shouldn’t add too much extra time and effort to your regular housework.
Get started by contacting your municipality to find out the rules for recycling in your community. Most areas also have companies like Southern Scavenger Service who can also help with your recycling needs.
Recycling Myths 6 Recycled Products are of Poor Quality
While many people avoid recycled goods because of the perception that they are poorly made, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
As more companies make use of recycled materials in their products, these items are virtually indistinguishable in most cases from their non-recycled counterparts.
Additionally, many companies who use recycled products also put extra care into ensuring the overall quality of those products through extensive research and testing.
Recycling has been around for a long time, and over the years a number of myths have evolved around the practice. These six are only a few of the untruths that many are convinced of. By getting the true scoop about the process and costs associated with recycling, you can rest assured that it’s one of the best ways to live green.