Some people think that recycling should be someone else’s problem. Some people think that even if they do recycle, their neighbours won’t, so their efforts would be in vain. Of course, you can’t expect every single household to recycle their waste, but you can clean up your backyard. Here are some of the reasons why you should manage your waste.
Oil products are hazardous to your health.
Never throw your used motor oil or other petroleum products in the garbage along with other waste. You should not flush them down the toilet either. Used motor oil is hazardous to your health, as well as other life forms, especially marine life, due to the presence of lead, arsenic, benzene, and other contaminants. Some companies specialise in oil recovery and recycling. Contact your local community office and inquire for a referral.
You can make extra money with your trash.
Did you know that you can sell your scrap metals for extra cash? Scrap metal could be as simple as nails, screws, and doorknobs. They can also be as complex as e-waste such as old television sets, radios, laptops, and tablets. Don’t just throw them away in the trash. You can bring them to e-waste recycling companies or sell them as scrap metals.
Landfills are filling up fast, and it’s everybody’s problem.
If you think landfills are not your problem, think again. The bad effects on the environment affect you in ways you don’t even know. It could be in the form of air pollution that have dire effects on one’s health, especially among people with weakened immune systems such as pregnant women, small children, people with diseases, and senior adults.
Recycling Should Be The Norm
If only people take recycling as a habit, it can create a ripple effect that could save humankind a lot of trouble generations down the road. While you can’t expect everyone to manage their waste, you have total control over your own. Consider these reasons the next time you think recycling is a waste of time.