Recycling for the Future

Lesson 32: Role of information and technology

Recycling for the Future

We create waste through manufacturing, agricultural production, and daily living. Waste can contaminate the environment, especially air and water and soil, unless we adopt practices that conserve or preserve resources. In the United States, most cities are growing at a fast pace; new housing developments use up resources by destroying forests and removing land from agricultural use.

Recycling products or materials is a promising practice. Aluminum, iron, glass, paper, and plastic are products that we have learned how to use and reuse in a remanufacturing process. Many communities have adopted recycling programs, but there is a great disparity in how effective such programs are and how fully involved citizens have become. One area of recycling is to actually reuse a product, to avoid waste of any kind. It will be up to generations succeeding us to create new methods of recycling or reusing natural resources.

Recycling is good for the environment but those repeated trips to the recycling center add unnecessary pollutants to the air. Keeping recycling organized not only by material but by paying and non-paying will let you know exactly when you should go to the recycling center. Phone books, food cans, aluminum and junk mail are all recyclable. Taking them when you go to the store, or even on your way home from work will aid in reducing your impact and protecting the environment.

Reducing your electrical consumption, recycling, and reducing the amount of paper you actually use along with the amount of disposable items that are used will aid in doing your part to protect our environment.

Last modified: Friday, 6 January 2012, 10:35 AM