Recycling: cleaner environment plus economic benefits


We live in a world where natural resources have been used up. Many have been used through human activities. A lot of these resources are depleted. Mostly, because we’ve been uncaring for them in the past.

The talks of global warming have gone viral. But it would seem that not many talks about the issue of resource management are as viral. However, we should also think about what the future may look like without proper management. Recycling the recyclables. 

Leaking drainage pipes are a commonplace in Lesotho. In some cases, where we got dumping sites garbage is scattered all over. Valleys and dongas swell with garbage. Talks of hygiene are very alien to our way of life. Whether or not we’re aware of the dangers posed by these, it’s unclear.

Airborne and water-borne diseases strike many daily. But for all you know, pollutants have gone unmonitored. But what if, we could in some way benefit through recycling what can be recycled? What if by caring a little about cleanliness we could save lives? And if we could be better off with cleaner cities, why not start now? Why not capitalize on the untapped market potential of recycling?

Recycling is waste management. It involves converting waste materials into reusable products. Recycling (sometimes) uses less energy.

Ed Grabianwoski in How recycling works: benefits of recycling says that,

“There’s room for debate on this aspect of recycling, by many recycling processes require less energy than it would take to manufacture the same item brand new.”

To be sure most of the reasons people recycle are environmental, although some are economic.

ED further highlights the following benefit,

  • Money: recycling has a variety of economic impacts. For the companies that buy used goods, recycle them and resell new products, recycling is the source of their income. For cities in densely populated areas that have to pay by the ton for their landfill usage, recycling can shave millions of dollars off municipal budgets.

Let’s think of the possibilities of jobs that can be generated in Lesotho. Think of the promising future that is vested in recycling. Appropriate mechanisms should be put in place so that we can benefit through reusing the recyclables.

Other benefits include:

  1. Minimizing pollution: our world is polluted daily through industrial wastes. So reusing them can help shave off a lot of waste from our cities.
  2. Protects the environment: recycling can help in conserving our already degraded environment. This will also help in sustaining our productions while maintaining our present livelihoods.
  3. Minimizes global warming: nobody is unaware, I guess, of the fact that our world has turned topsy-turvy. We endangered our very existence. Burning fossils to produce consumables has had its double-edged blade on our existence. On one side we benefited, while on the other we placed our lives at risk.

These and many more should, in a sense help us opt for recycling. Economic benefits are just tempting and practical. Cleaner cities and streets translate into healthier lives. All these form a lion’s share of what we all desire.