Recycling programs are now more prevalent than ever and they are worth taking advantage of for everyone. They benefit both the environment and local communities. Here are the reasons why smart humans recycle at every chance they get.

It’s Good for the Planet

By now, pretty much everyone knows that recycling is good for the environment. Recycling programs help curb catastrophic environmental issues. Recycling reuses materials rather than leaving them in landfills to decay over incredibly long periods of time or burning them and releasing toxic fumes into the air.

It Helps Animals

Animals get into trash all the time. Unfortunately, this frequently results in animals suffering and dying because they get caught in plastic or other materials that could have been recycled. For plastics you must throw away, be sure they are cut up or otherwise easier for animals to avoid getting stuck in.

It Benefits Businesses

Many companies are in the business of processing recycled materials while many others use recycled materials in their products. Companies that perform the recycling process often specialize in certain products. For example, there are businesses that perform industrial scrap recycling. Companies that deal with recycled materials employ many people and contribute considerably to the economy. When you recycle, you are supporting every business that uses recycled products.

It Benefits Your Community

Recycling programs benefit communities in quite a few ways. Less trash makes your community a healthier and more attractive place to live. Recycling programs also bring money to many municipalities because the raw recycled materials can be sold to manufacturers for a profit. It can also provide local jobs.

You Get Rewarded

In some areas and states, you can even get financially rewarded for recycling. Some areas have programs that pay residents for turning in discarded bottles and cans. Even if you live in an area that has no form of buyback program, recycling may automatically be included in your trash service and cost you nothing extra. It also may be done separately for free by your local municipality. If you do not have curbside recycling, many communities have large recycling bins in which you can place your recyclable goods.

Knowing you are actively participating in reusing something rather than throwing it away is a good feeling. So is knowing that you have reduced your carbon footprint and prevented trash from ending up in landfills, or worse, tossed on the ground or in the oceans. This is why smart humans recycle at every opportunity.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;