Recycling Saves Energy

To recycle is to use old materials again. This process helps conserve energy and other natural resources. One environmental benefit of recycling is saving energy, thus reducing emissions of numerous air and water pollutants.

The world is rich with natural resources provided by Mother Nature. It is better to use natural materials repeatedly instead of using other materials that will consume too much energy. Natural resources include water, land, plants, and minerals. It always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials compared to new resources. For example, making paper by recycling can save 17 trees, 6.953 gallons of water, 4,077-kilowatt hours of energy, and 463 gallons of oil. It can also prevent emission of 587 pounds of air pollutants. Another example is recycling newspapers to make new newspapers. It saves more energy than using raw materials. It is also a fact that every pound of recycled steel saves 5,450 BTUs of energy, which is enough to light a 60-watt bulb for more than 26 hours.

Recycled aluminium cans need only 5% of energy to produce aluminium; hence recycling for a year can help aluminium companies save more than 19 million barrels of oil, which is enough to supply 18 million households for the whole entire year. Tons of recycled glass would be equivalent to 9 gallons of fuel oil while tons of recycled plastic can save 1000-2000 gallons of gasoline. Recycling is very useful to everyone and should be considered an environmentally friendly activity.