People talk a lot about recycling, or “going green.” It seems to be really important, but what exactly is it, and why is it such a good thing??
To recycle something means “to use it again.” Usually, recycling refers to old or used products that are turned into new products, instead of being thrown away! The most commonly recycled materials include paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum, although lots of other things can be recycled too, including items like old electronics and plastic bags. Different communities each have their own separate ways of collecting recyclable goods.
Recycling is important because it’s good for the environment in so many ways! Making things out of recycled materials almost always uses less energy than making the same item again from new materials. Recycling is important because it allows us to use up fewer of Earth’s natural resources, and because it means there can be less waste. For example, if you drink from a disposable water bottle every day and throw it away when you’re done, imagine how many bottles would pile up over a week, a month, and a year! By carrying a reusable bottle instead, you prevent the creation of excess waste!