Busting The Myths About Recycling

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We’ve all had questions about recycling and waste that we didn’t know the answers to, and over the years, certain questions have given rise to popular myths. For us at the Planet Saverz team, it was no different. Without enough resources to turn to, there have been times in the past when we too were not fully aware of the entire concept of recycling and more (we’re still learning let’s say), and did end up believing some of the myths.

But now it’s time to bust some of the most common and not so common myths about recycling that are out there.

1. There Is Enough Space To Throw Away Our Waste – NO. Look at the recent fires at the major dump yards in Mumbai and you will realize that what is happening is not an accident. Many have suggested that it was a designed attempt at clearing out the area of the existing dump, so that the new waste that comes in from all over the city can be accommodated. A landfill cannot exist within the regular residential zones, and with growing population and rising property prices, finding a suitable area that is huge enough, empty and can be used as a dump yard is a big challenge.

What You Can Do – Reuse and recycle as much as you can, buy less unless absolutely needed, and create less waste.

2. Landfill Gas Can Be Used To Produce Renewable Energy – NO. The organic material that gets broken down in the landfills releases greenhouse gases such as methane, which is almost 20 times as harmful for global warming as CO2. Some landfills do capture methane to generate power, but most of it gets mixed in the air. Also, the cost of using methane to generate power is extremely high and it is not really a very green or resource-friendly option in the first place.

What You Can Do – Try home composting, as most of the methane at the landfills is generated from waste that could originally have turned into compost. Doing so will significantly reduce the amount of methane that is produced at the dumping sites

3. Plastics Containing The Number Within Chasing Arrow Symbol Is Recycled, Hence Good To Use – NO. You may have noticed that certain plastic products have a number printed inside a chasing arrow symbol. It is still widely believed that such types of plastic are either already recycled, or can be recycled. But that is not true. The code simply refers to the type of plastic and does not mean that it is recycled, or can be recycled.

What You Can Do – Reduce the use of plastic as much as you can, and go for better and safer alternatives.

4. Recycling Will Also Create Pollution – NO. In fact, recycling can significantly reduce the amount of gas emissions in the air. Creating something through recycling instead of creating from scratch is also a great way to save energy. When you recycle, you help to conserve resources. Depleting resources have led to many wars in the past, and looks like a serious possibility in our times, as well as in the future.

What You Can Do – Many brands are coming up with products that are made through recycling. You can also use your own old or otherwise waste items in a way that will help you reuse the same, instead of throwing it away.

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References:

[1] re3.org/docs/myths.pdf

[2] recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-78-nrw-recyclingmythsreport.pdf

[3] dnr.wi.gov/news/weekly/article/?id=2256

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