The Impact of Recycle Vs. Trash

The Impact of Recycle Vs. Trash

According to the EPA, the total municipal solid waste produced in 2018 alone amounts to just under 5 pounds per person a day. Some trash will end up in a landfill, while others may get recycled, and then some are neither biodegradable nor recyclable. Humans produce too much waste, and it’s been difficult to find sustainable solutions to effectively tackle the issue, which is why it is essential to be renting a dumpster to be proactive on this issue. Let’s look at the impact of recycling, positive and negative.


Recycling Reduces the Energy Required to Manufacture Products

With recycling, certain manufacturing companies can make products without starting from scratch. This saves time, energy, resources, and money. For instance, creating aluminum from scratch would require mining the raw material – bauxite, a clay-like soil – to begin the process. If the manufacturing company uses recycled aluminum in creating new products, the need for raw material would be reduced or eliminated depending on the scale of recycling done by the company. The company could skip extracting or growing raw materials, reducing the energy that would otherwise be needed in the initial stage of the manufacturing process. This is where trash becomes recycled treasure. 


Recycling Can Cause Pollution

While recycling can help alleviate some of the environmental issues by reducing waste, it doesn’t come without its problems. Some may go as far as to say that recycling is overrated because it can lead to pollution. Electronic products are typically the primary culprit that’s highlighted as a pollutant in this respect. Less-developed countries usually receive the bulk of electronics that are meant for recycling. During the sorting process, which is generally performed by hand, chemicals and metals, like lead, could seep into the ground and water, contaminating both. This poses a threat to humans, flora and fauna, and could cause significant environmental issues.  


Recycling Can Be Costly

All the benefits that recycling provides come at a cost that can make one question if it’s worth it. Operating recycling programs can prove costly for some municipalities that lack the resources to keep up. Recycling is far more expensive than landfill space and waste disposal. According to ThoughtCo, the cost of picking up and transporting recyclables can range from $50 to more than $150 per ton, while traditional trash collection and disposal programs can cost from $70 to more than $200 per ton. Still, the cost of recycling may depend on the type of material being recycled as well as other factors, including the recycling truck’s routes, energy cost, labor, and fuel costs. Glass and plastic, for example, are more expensive to recycle than many other materials, and some municipalities opt not to recycle trash products made of these materials.


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If you need to get rid of your trash or recycling, let Schiebel Waste help you properly dispose of your garbage. We offer reliable service that you can depend on and the opportunity to help your environment. Give us a call today at 978-361-5254 or email us at to learn more about the services that we offer.

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