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Recycling: Mandatory by Law

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Recycling Should Be Made Mandatory By Law Ciara Huey-Burns Introduction Recycling reduces air, water and land pollution as it takes the place of waste disposal. It is thus a crucial component of waste reduction and quality standards have accordingly been enacted for managing the recycling process (Carl, 2005). The practice of recycling should be made mandatory by laws. It benefits not only individuals and organizations but also governments in the form of taxes, creation of job opportunities and other benefits. Different categories of materials can be recycled including plastics, paper, glass, metal, electronics and textiles, among others. Recycling of these materials can produce fresh supply of the materials, which saves on resources and energy besides creating job opportunities. Economical Implications of Recycling Materials Recycling can be economically efficient in a number of ways: Local government bodies and municipalities can realize lots of fiscal benefits by implementing recycling programs within their areas of jurisdictions mainly due to reduced costs of landfills. A research study by Lavee (2007), found out that recycling is, in fact, the most efficient method of disposing household wastes as compared to dumping or incineration. Government Involvement Several environmental protection agencies such as the United States of America's Environmental Protection have advocated for recycling of materials. According to Vigso (2004), environmental economists favor government intervention to provide guidelines in recycling process. Recycling is regarded as a process that is of much value to consumers and the government. Economic Benefit Analysis of the recycling process shows un-priced costs as well as benefits go to not only recycling business but also the general public. Recycled materials are cheaper than fresh products and can be modified for various purposes than the original products. Information Complete recycling of materials is not possible, but the process delays the rate of depletion of nonrenewable resources, and therefore buys time in transition to sustainability in a renewable resource based economy. Huesemann (2003) says that it costs 40 per cent less energy to make paper from recycled materials than it costs to make the same paper from pulp. How much money is saved through recycling depends on how efficient the recycling program is. Information cont. According to Huesemann (2003), the actual cost of recycling depends on a number of factors such as landfill fees. Individuals can save money when if they can treat recycling as a form of replacement for the traditional waste systems. The cost of recycled materials is less than the cost of raw materials, and therefore people can save a lot if they can use recycled products. Prospective Results of Mandatory Recycling: Large recycling organizations will be established. The recycling industry will become a formal sector fetching real revenues for the country and will thus reinforce the economy. The manufacturing market will be driven to higher levels and resource utilization will be made efficient. Prospective Results of Mandatory Recycling: Informal product recyclers can work alongside government and receive funds to establish cooperatives. Argentina & Brazil have benefitted from that model. This initiative will allow informal recycling to function legitimately as a paying job. The poor can form associations and initiatives through government support to take advantage of immense opportunities. Environmental Benefit Significant decrease in deforestation due to recycled paper products. Decrease in polution, increase in positive habits towards the environment. Encourage more emphasis on sustainable resources as well as education. People will make a habit of sorting their trash perpetuating the initiatives guided by law. Environmental Benefit Decrease in 'trash islands' cumulating in our oceans. Most made up of recyclable items...