The idea of recycle had not appeared since the recent century because apparently, as the society is developing fast, it needs people to understand what they need to do in order to improve it. For the idea of recycle, it is in fact one of the methods that human beings take to make sure the world is better.
There are a variety of ways in order to define the word recycle. In fact, according to the most common definition, people think of recycle as a manner to turn the waste or the useless material into the useful ones so that people do not have to throw away useful materials. The most common form of recycling is in the recycling of cans and bottles. Although it is mentioned that the idea of recycling has been put into practice recently and it was carried out in the twenty first century. However, it is not true because the idea of recycle actually dated back to thousands of years ago.
In fact, even in the 440 BC when Plato as well as Aristotle was alive, the great scholars at that time had already promoted the idea of recycling. Therefore, it is obvious that recycle was not a new idea that only is brought up and needed in the recently century.
In the past, because the resources are not as abundant as nowadays, it means that human beings need to cherish every single resource that they have. Therefore, very few people would easily throw out the cans or waste dumps on the street as they understand that they should not waste the scare resources that they have.
In order to have more new material, they will recycle those things that they have used in the period of time before the industrial revolution. For example, people tried to melt down the scrap bronze that they have used as they did not have enough so they did not want to get virgin material.
I firmly support that the public needs to do the job of recycling because it is necessary to make sure that our environment is good and clean. In fact, recently, it has been heatedly debated about whether recycling has more advantages or more disadvantages. For those who believe that it is not important to do the recycling, it should be noted that they should not feel overwhelmed by the term of recycling. The truth is that recycling is nothing but a process in which the industry or people intend to make use of the old or discarded products. After that, they tried to make them into the new products. I once joined a team of people to help our city with recycling.
At that time, my friend had organized this activity. In that recycling activity, it was not too special because it has the same process of many other recycling activities. Firstly, early in the morning, I gather with a team of people who are the supporters of protecting our street and environment in a neighborhood. This neighbor was a bit worse when many other neighborhoods in the same city so it is no doubt that less street cleaners had been hired to clean that area.
As a result, there were many used bottles, tins, cans and paper being thrown around on the street. What is worse, in their trash can, it looked like that the trash has been separated but when we actually opened the can to check it out, it turned out that there was nothing there in the can to separate different types of trash. So, apparently, the trash in the can was mixed together whether they could or could not be separated or not. In that recycling activity, I helped the people on the street to pick out the trash that belonged to the group of the unrecyclable products and I also helped others to collect all those things that can be recycled. After we had been working for 4 days, the street in that area look much cleaner and at the same time, we had gather more than tons of recyclable products like the tins, cans or the bottles to ship them to the recycling company.
I think this activity is very meaningful not only in helping the particular street to look cleaner. At the same time, it helped the entire community to protect the environment better. In fact, the most important reason why I wanted to support the process of recycling is that it helped the world look cleaner and better. Also, as long as the materials are recycled in the world, in the world, more resources could be saved or being made sure that they are not wasted. In the rapidly developing economy, more trees are being cut down because of the need of people to build up the products and to use the paper. However, with the increasingly fast development of the economic, the need of paper and other products that are made from trees will rise more and more rapidly. Therefore, people had better make good use of recycled paper which can be used for many times so that human beings can save more resources and avoid deforestation. From this example of recycled paper, we can also reuse a great variety of many other kinds of natural resources in this way.
In addition, it is very significant to support the job of recycling because it can reduce pollution. Nowadays, the problem of pollution, especially industrial pollution, is becoming more and more serious for the reason that a great number of factories are producing different kinds of products day and night. What is worse, it is reported that industrial waste is the largest part of all kinds of waste which result in the terrible pollution. In the past, there were some people who picked the industrial waste and sold them to recycle bins. By doing this, they could earn some money to make a living. To be honest, though the people were poor and they had to earn money by doing that, it is an extremely good way to reduce pollution and promote recycling. It is helpful to recycle industrial waste to reduce pollution step by step. For instance, we can recycle cans, plastics, chemical and so on. We may used to use them once and then just throw them away without any hesitation. But from now on, we had better reuse these materials so that we can do our best to cut down pollution.
Besides, recycling greatly helps to save the natural resources. If people do not recycle the old and used materials, people have to make new products by obtaining fresh raw materials that are below the earth. Then people will extract and mine the resources continually. If every single person can recycle the materials that have been produced, not only can it do good to the conservation of the important natural resources, but also it can protect the natural habitats, which has significant meaning for future. We should save more natural resources for future use, such as water, wood and minerals. With more advanced technology in the future, human beings are able to use the natural resources that we conserve today more scientifically and efficiently, which can make these natural resources to be used more meaningfully.
However, there are still some opposing views that recycling has some disadvantages. Some people argue that it will cost a lot of money during the process of recycling. People need to establish new recycling units, which will cause huge cost. People have to buy different vehicles that have many practical functions, upgrade the equipment that are employed, and also train some workers who are in charge of the programs of recycling, as well as the maintenance of late work, all of which will cost a good deal of money. It is true. But it is more important for us to take a long-term view for the issue of recycling. We should not focus on the present cost only. Instead, we should consider that what benefits human beings can acquire after we spend the money on the whole recycling unit. Actually, in the long run, the money we spend is a kind of investment for ourselves, our descendants and our future. In other words, we pay before we gain. Therefore, it is beneficial for human beings to do the job of recycling.
In conclusion, I think it is necessary and important for people to do the job of recycling. During the process of recycling, it is helpful to make our environment more cleaner and beautiful and reduce industrial pollution. Also, it is useful to save natural resources for future, which attaches great significance to the sustainable development. And I firmly believe that there will be more and more people taking active part in the job of recycling.
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