Recycling Is Environmentally Friendly

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Economist

This viewpoint is taken from the Economist, a British paper that reports on politics, science and technology, cultural trends, and business. The anonymous author argues that recycling is environmentally friendly and claims that recycling reduces air pollution because it causes less waste to be burned in incinerators and reduces the amount that must be stored in landfills (which give off methane and other toxic emissions). Recycling also conserves natural resources because it makes products out of already existing materials instead of mining for new or raw materials. In addition, the author reports that new recycling technologies require less human labor and less transport than in the past, making the process more efficient than ever. Also, more companies are packaging their products in recycled materials, which further reduces carbon dioxide emissions and garbage. For all of these reasons, the author concludes that recycling is environmentally friendly and supports global efforts to boost recycling efforts.

"The Truth About Recycling," Economist.com, June 7, 2007. Republished with permission of the Economist, conveyed through Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

AS YOU READ, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  1. According to the author, what percentage of energy consumption is reduced when aluminum, plastic, steel, paper, and glass are recycled?
  2. Explain the concept of "single stream" collection, as described by the author.
  3. What does the Sustainable Packaging Coalition advocate, as described by the author?

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