The Recycling Renaissance


The Recycling Renaissance

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Recycle!

In recent times people have finally started to recognise the importance of recycling and sustainable living. Subsequently, countless reasons have arisen as to why a reality where recycling reigns supreme should be the only reality there is.

The obvious reason that comes to mind is the immense reduction of stress on natural resources. By introducing recycling, the extraction of natural resources drops in demand. Recycling also uses much less energy than raw material production. Furthermore, in a country where unemployment is an inconvenient truth, any contribution to the workforce is welcome. PlasticSA has reported that in recent years plastic waste recycling in South Africa has created around 8000 jobs annually.

Some interesting facts regarding recycling include that one recycled aluminium can, can save 90% of production-energy and a tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees. If you still haven’t had a lightbulb moment, maybe you should recycle a glass bottle. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to power a 100-watt lightbulb for 4 hours and a new low-energy LED equivalent for much longer. That’s sure to have a light go on in your head.

See? A renaissance resulting in a better reality can easily be brought about by something as simple as recycling. So, reuse the past. Recycle the present. And save the future.

 

-Mathilda Steyn-


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