Can We Say "NO" To Recycling

Lately the earth's capacity to tolerate exploitation and absorb solid wastes
disposal has diminished, due to excess trashing. People dispose lots of stuff,
and simply do not care. Therefore scientists found out a way to reuse things and
that process was called "recycling". This new approach seemed quite successful
at the beginning, until its true identity appeared. Recycling first started as
man's best friend, people were intrigued by this new phenomena. What could be
better than using things that were already used. Recycling has been very useful
especially that man is constantly consuming, burning up, wearing out, replacing
and disposing at an alarming rate.(Durning 1992). However, ...

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By the accumulation of garbage throughout the
years, space available for garbage has largely diminished. In the states for
example almost 67% of their waste stream ends up in landfills.(Scott 25). This
has in fact increased the price of disposal. As Kimball stated "tipping fees" at
landfills, is so often prohibitive(3), and some cannot find landfills to dump
their garbage. It can cost up to $158 to pick a ton of garbage and dispose
it.(Consumer Reports 1994). Beside, these landfills pollute their surroundings
area with lots of hazardous materials and contaminate underground water. To
discover the contamination of the underground water it would be 12 yeas after
the poisons-benzene; formaldehyde; mercury; and BCEE- have actually contaminated
the land, and had sunk 24 feet into the ground contaminating about 50 million
gallons of underground water.(Dahir 94). Besides these lands could be used in
more useful ways such as building schools, hospitals, or simply turning them
into large ...

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dangerous pollutants (157). Obviously burning cannot be considered an
alternative and as stated in Consumer Reports, "Recycling does help to keep
garbage out of landfills and incinerators, both of which pose environmental
problems."(Feb 1994). Although burning lessens the physical amount of the waste
materials, it is considered one of the easiest way to pollute the air. Though
these are great advantages to us and the environment, but recycling costs more
than you could imagine. A study found that when the cost of garbage is
calculated by volume, landfilling and recycling costs are roughly the same.
Recycling does not appear to save any money, this applies to most of the
European ...

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Category: Science & Nature
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