Does Recycling Actually Help?

We are told every day that we should be recycling, but why? What happens to plastic bottles when they’re not recycled?

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Recycling Facts & Tips
http://www.wm.com/location/california/ventura-county/thousand-oaks/recycle/facts.jsp
“In a lifetime the average American will throw away 600 times the amount of his or her adult weight in garbage. For example, a 150 pound adult will leave a trash legacy of 90,000 pounds.”

The Facts About America’s Landfills
http://postcom.org/eco/facts.about.landfills.htm
“For many years the media has published innumerable stories which worry that we are running out of landfill space. Such stories properly raise public concerns and have required virtually every community to look at landfill issues.”

Bottled Water and Energy Fact Sheet

Bottled Water and Energy Fact Sheet


“The growing consumption of bottled water raises questions about the product’s economic and environmental costs.”

Plastic Water Bottles Impose Health And Environmental Risks
http://www.banthebottle.net/articles/plastic-water-bottles-impose-health-and-environmental-risks/
“When it comes to disposable containers, no product gets as much flack as the infamous plastic water bottle.”

Bottled Water Statistics

Bottled Water Industry Statistics

Recycling
http://plastics.americanchemistry.com/Sustainability-Recycling/Recycling
“Plastics are valuable materials that should be recycled.”

Why is bottled water a concern? Here are just a few reasons…
http://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/

The Effects of Not Recycling Water Bottles
http://www.livestrong.com/article/230076-the-effects-of-not-recycling-water-bottles/
“Most plastic water bottles are recyclable, and yet most of them are never recycled and end up in the garbage.”

What Happens to Recycled Plastic Bottles?
http://www.livestrong.com/article/164031-what-happens-to-recycled-plastic-bottles/
“Plastics, and specifically plastic bottles, constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the municipal waste stream.”

The Effects of Recycling Plastic Water Bottles on the Environment
http://www.livestrong.com/article/181103-the-effect-of-recycling-plastic-water-bottles-on-the-environment/
“Plastic water bottles are becoming a growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States.”

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20 thoughts on “Does Recycling Actually Help?”

  1. My school doesnt recycle even though they have recycling bins which I think is ridiculous. I just keep my water bottle until I can recycle it at home

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  2. why don't they just make a federal law saying every HAS to recycle and start putting recycling bins in and around stores, parks, recreational areas, etc.? how hard is it to replace trash cans with recycling bins? it can be made out of cheap recycled plastic so they can be sold cheap so everyone can afford them!

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  3. Isn't it interesting how recyclables and scrap metal are the same concept both get reused and put into new products but the scrap yard pays for your metal while recycling produces goods and money without crediting the one who recycled. Or am I wrong and missing a major point?

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  4. I work outside and normally went through 6-8 plastic bottles a day since I work in the sun and the place I work gives bottled water to use but slowly started to see how much of an impact I was making and invested in a reusable water bottle that I just refill at the water fountain.

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  5. I am actually doing a Project for my Zoology class about plastics. It's kind of difficult to come up with something that could help. but this is really helpful to know that we can recycle.

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  6. I do not buy anything with cal. redemption on it. It is a fucking scam and I burn all other plastic in the fire place so at least I get some heat out of it.

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  8. I am not anti-recycling, but I do have some beef about it. Recycling in America is like everything else, basically a scam. WE sort the trash, WE pay them to take it away, THEY recycle/reuse/profit, THEY burn garbage and turn it into power…WE pay for the power that WE paid them to make with the stuff WE paid them to pick up from us. Wtf?

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