Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Waste Recycling

Advantages of Proper Waste Recycling and Waste Reuse

Waste recycling has some significant advantages. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits.

It prevents the emission of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants. Recycling decreases the need to extract and process virgin material, which pollute air, soil and water with toxic material.

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It saves energy necessary to produce new materials. It can save from 1.5 to 5 times more energy than is generated by incineration. In summary, waste recycling offers the following advantages:

For the Managers of Waste

Reduction of waste volume

Cost savings in collection, transport, and disposal

Longer life span for landfills

Reduction of adverse environmental impacts.

Advantages of Proper Waste Recycling and Waste Reuse

For the Economy

Reduction of imports (for fertilizers or soil amendments) and thus less foreign currency required

Job opportunities and income for the people

Cheap products (made from recycled materials) for the poor

Reduces the amount of energy required to manufacture new products.

For the Environment

Sustainable use of resources: for example, less energy consumption and thus less pollution

Reduced amount of waste going to storage sites, resulting in a more manageable system

Reduces environmental impacts arising from waste treatment and disposal

Makes the surroundings cleaner and healthier.

Waste Reuse

Waste recycling and reuse are very closely associated terms which are often used interchangeably but are not essentially the same when viewed closely at its micro levels.

Whereas waste recycling describes the reprocessing of waste materials into new useful products of the same or varied type from the original waste, waste reuse is the application of waste materials to same or different use by a different user.

This is essentially very advantageous given that the term waste is a relative description of use of materials to satisfy human needs.

Commonly reused materials include clothing materials, jewelry and trinkets, kitchen utensils, household furniture, books and electronic equipment and to a larger extent motor vehicles and other heavy machinery.

Waste reuse is very economical and a ready aid to the less ostentatious and the poor. However, it may pose serious environmental and health challenges as the disposal challenges are shifted to the less endowed who may not have the education and capacity to dispose the waste finally.

In conclusion, waste recycling involves all processes applied to preserve waste materials and put it into further use.

Successful recycling of waste starts with separation of the waste at point of generation which ensures the quality of the waste product as a potential raw material for future processing into new desirous products.

Waste reuse goes further to describe the continued use of a product by another user when the initial owner or user had done with the said materials and discarded them.

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Product quality, re-use and or recycling potential are some of the major considerations to be taken to minimize waste. Waste recycling and reuse has great economic advantages aside from its environmental friendly and sustainability considerations.


Benadine Nonye is an agricultural consultant and a writer with over 12 years of professional experience in the agriculture industry. - National Diploma in Agricultural Technology - Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Science - Master's Degree in Science Education - PhD Student in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy... Visit My Websites On: 1. - Your Comprehensive Practical Agricultural Knowledge and Farmer’s Guide Website! 2. - For Effective Environmental Management through Proper Waste Management and Recycling Practices! Join Me On: Twitter: @benadinenonye - Instagram: benadinenonye - LinkedIn: benadinenonye - YouTube: Agric4Profits TV and WealthInWastes TV - Pinterest: BenadineNonye4u - Facebook: BenadineNonye

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