HOW RECYCLING AFFECTS HEALTH

When you adjust, isolate and convert waste matter into a material that can be used, you are said to be recycling. Recycling is a subject that remains an afterthought to the average Nigerian. For an effort that takes seconds to carry out, many remain torn on whether depositing cans, glass containers, plastic bottles and newspapers into collection bins is valuable.

Recycling also uses less energy and and great way of controlling air, water and land pollution. Recycled items include: plastics, paper,glass,etc.

One may wonder how recycling affects our health. These are:

Recycling reduces need for indiscriminate dumping/landfilling 

About 40% of solid waste generated in our municipalities are recyclable. Engaging in recycling reduces the volume of waste needed to be managed by existing (but inefficient) infrastructures. This reduces the waste that households need to either dump along drainage patterns or on street corners which would otherwise create breeding space for diseases and eco-system pollutants

Recycling saves resources

When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources.

If used materials are not recycled, new products made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the earth, through mining and forestry are reduced. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future. Think afforestation instead of deforestation.

Recycling reduces incineration

When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent for incineration reduces. Incineration is to burn things to ashes, but most often than not, materials don’t burn 100% but instead release harmful toxins into the atmosphere, this usually causes the depletion of the ozone layer.

It is important for everyone—from individuals to corporate bodies—to reorient our ideas about trash disposal. By reducing the amount of trash produced and reusing existing materials, we can all make a difference by protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and sustaining the planet for future generations.

-Hazel

 

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