Recycling Plastic Bottles

Recycling Plastic Bottles Has Some Truly Impressive Benefits

Did you know that recycling plastic bottles helps in conserving energy and protecting the environment, at the same time? Read on to know more of such facts as well as the benefits of the same.
With global warming causing major climatic changes in different parts of the world, it becomes our primary duty to take certain steps to reduce it so that the environment can be protected. Although, world leaders have come up with environment-friendly policies, which are being implemented on a national level in various countries, we, as individuals, should also make some efforts to keep our environment safe. A small thing which each one of us can do is recycle the bottles that we use everyday. If each one of us start recycling on a daily basis, it will make a lot of difference to our environment.

Facts
  • It is estimated that Americans use approximately two million plastic bottles every hour. Majority of these are discarded and not recycled.
  • It takes close to a thousand years for them to get decomposed.
  • Recycled plastic cannot be used to make bottles again. Instead, it is remade into other items, such as clothing, carpeting, toys, etc.
  • According to estimates, around one million barrels of oil are spent in supplying bottled water in one year.
  • Processing one bottle helps in conserving energy equivalent to lighting a 60-watt bulb for about six hours.
  • Four-fifth of households in America access plastics recycling program.
How to Recycle

The Environmental Protection Agency has a target to recycle one-fourth of all wastes generated in America. Plastic bottles can be recycled through the curbside recycling, through grocery store drop bins, and through drop-off centers. By reading the number at the base of the bottles, it can be known whether the bottle can be recycled or not. Once the type is determined, (it ranges from type 1 to type 7), calling the department of public works or a nearby recycling center, will help in determining whether a particular type can be recycled, and if yes, where it can be recycled.

Benefits

Saves Energy
To truly understand the benefits for the environment, one has to look at the statistics. Processing a pound of polyethylene terephthalate i.e. PET bottles, helps in saving heat energy, to the extent of about 12000 British Thermal Units, i.e. BTU. It does not end here. When this is used for producing new products, much lesser energy, almost 66% lesser, is required when compared to energy used to manufacture fresh, new plastic. Another advantage is that the greenhouse gas emissions through this method get reduced too.

Saves Landfill Space
Today, America is already facing a high risk of running out of landfill space. Recycling can help in countering this risk since one ton of recycled products help in saving 7.4 cubic yards of the landfill space.

Makes Money
Recycling for money generation has become a possibility in America now, with demand for recycled bottles exceeding supply considerably. So, another advantage is that it generates revenue and employment.

Product Manufacture
Recycled plastic is very useful in the sense that by using it, a host of everyday products such as carpeting and fleece jackets are manufactured.

As you can see, this process is easy and has many benefits and usages too. So, from today onwards, let us all join the mission to save our environment, by disposing off plastic appropriately.
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