The Benefits of Recycling Plastic Bottles

Recycling in general is not a bad idea, but plastic bottles are of particular concern. They are everywhere, holding water and soft drinks and everything in between. Recycling them is beneficial because manufacturing them is potentially harmful.

Making the Bottle

Plastic bottles are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PTH). To make this plastic, manufacturers use petroleum products. Petroleum is derived from crude oil, which is a controversial substance to say the least. Oil is a non-renewable resource, and conserving as much of it as possible is a priority among environmentalists.

Plastic bottle manufacturing also produces emissions that may harm our atmosphere and subsequently our planet. Manufacturing plastic bottles from used ones, however, takes much less energy than making plastic bottles from raw materials.

Easy Ways to Set Up a Recycling Scheme at Work

The office can be a wasteful place. Paper, plastic water bottles, defunct office equipment, toner cartridges, pens, and so on, float around and often end up getting discarded. This kind of waste in the workplace is of growing concern. Setting up a recycling scheme at work can help. Here are some easy ways to make that happen.

1. Involve Your Boss

Have a meeting with your boss and include him or her in your plans. Point out that recycling will save the company money in the long run, and make sure your boss is on board before proceeding. If you proceed without his or her knowledge, you may find your efforts thwarted.

2. Contact Your Local Waste Authority

Recycling Styrofoam

Styrofoam, or polystyrene, is a plastic that’s all around us, and is very hard to recycle.  Most programs just won’t take it.  This petroleum-derived material is also responsible for a significant amount of benzene production, takes a long time to break down, is highly flammable, and can kill animals which accidentally eat it.  For some of us, it’s surprising that this substance is still used in so many different sectors, including food packaging.

Some products are made from polystyrene, but don’t appear to be, as well.  You can tell by looking for the number six stamped in the recycling triangle somewhere on the item.  Since it’ll probably be a long time before we as a society stop using polystyrene, it’s important to know what to do with it.  After all, while you can avoid buying products that use it, you can’t stop other people from shipping you items with polystyrene “peanuts” or other filler.

Ten Right Reasons for Recycling

According to estimates, every American produces an average of 7.5 pounds of trash on a daily basis.  This number may seem little but when you add it up, said waste will amount to one ton of trash a year!  Now, multiply that with the US population and you will quickly realize why we need to recycle our wastes lest we find ourselves on sinking boat of trash.  With that being said, here are ten more reason to recycle now.

1- It Makes For Good Economy

Recycling makes good economic sense in many ways.  Many states profit from recycling revenues, often running in the billions of dollars, which can then be poured into making the economy stronger.  It does not hurt either that our country exports its recycled products to other nations.  Also, many companies rely on recycled materials to produce new products.