How Recycling Impacts More Than Your Household Rubbish

Recycling creates jobs
The positive impacts of recycling are many. By Zaf (own work), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Global warming is a huge topic at the moment and the biggest known cause of it is waste. The waste from machinery like cars and buses, as well as factory waste contribute to the troubles we have with global warming today. Being able to do something about global warming is a privilege and it can often feel like nothing you do can truly make a difference. You’re wrong.

Saving our trees with household recycling efforts
Making a difference. It starts with you. Let’s protect our beautiful Earth! Image by Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

In your home, you probably have two or three different waste bins. One would be for wet waste; such as food leftovers and wet tissues. One would be for plastic containers and bags and the last one would be for recyclable materials. It can be a pain, sometimes, to separate things that you perhaps once lobbed into just one bin without thinking about it, but recycling is doing so much more than just organizing your household rubbish.

As a species, humans go through so much waste that the landfills are overflowing, meaning we are forcing a loss of biodiversity by moving into other habitats and destroying surrounding nature. Recycling at home is just one place you can make a difference, so never think that how your household rubbish is handled would mean nothing. These are the following ways that household paper recycling can help the planet:

Paper, trees, and the environment
Using recycled paper is one way to help the planet. Photo by Jonathan Joseph Bondhus (own work), via Wikimedia Commons.

Paper is one of the world’s biggest energy consumers. It actually takes less energy to produce recycled paper than it does regular paper, and reducing the consumption of energy reduces the gas emissions that affect the ozone layer. Wherever you can, use recycled paper and food that has packaging which is recyclable. These small changes in your life can make such a difference to the world around you, which is exactly what so many try to achieve.

Did you know that our trees on our planet help to reduce global warming? They hold carbon dioxide and for every ton of recycled paper, seventeen of our trees are prevented from being cut down. Rainforests and other expanses of forestry are rapidly decreasing in size, which is one of the biggest reasons a digital age is going to save the planet. Digital working means less printing and less print production, saving paper production and thus, saving our trees.

Recycling creates jobs
The positive impacts of recycling are many. By Zaf (own work), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

When you recycle your waste, you take on a responsibility to the world around you. It can also instinctively cut down how much you buy that ends up as waste. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits of recycling, recycling creates jobs. When there is a need for the world’s landfill to be reduced and everywhere around the country offers a recycling program, there are jobs created.

In a tough economic climate, the creation of important jobs in the environment can only be a positive. Recycling is something that creates ethical jobs, raises awareness of the issues around the globe and builds communities who work together to do more for the world around them. Your efforts are vital for the continuation of the planet as we know it, so there’s every chance to do more for the world around you.


  1. I love when people are spreading the word to recycle. It’s music to my ears. Thank you so much Christy for this topic. When I grew up I didn’t see to much garbage in the city but now I’m shocked to notice someone who stopped at Wendy’s or other fast food and brought with them their drinks. When done they didn’t know where to dispose of it…so while walking they left it on the side of the road. I don’t know where people are going in their minds to consider to open their car door and through their garbage on the road. That’s when I realized…that’s how we see more garbage on the side of the road. All I can do is send love and I hope one day my children book Aimee and Divine Inspiration On a Journey will be notice by spreading the awareness of returning Mother Earth to beauty. I know life is a journey and full of adventure but one heart I believe the planet will return to beauty. Love Diane xxxooo

  2. The importance of recycling is unavoidable, not only it benefits the environment, but it lows costs… I like that that those Recycling bins in the image you have chosen have labels in Spanish, by the way…. 😉 Great post, hun… Thanks for rasing awareness on this issue.
    Love & best wishes! 🙂

  3. Recycling has been a way of life for me since 1990 when Waterloo Region here in Ontario started up its Blue Box program. Back then, not a lot could be recycled – but that changed each year. Most weeks, I put out 4 recycle containers and 1-2 bags of non-recyclable garbage – and that’s in a household of 2 people. You’re right, Christy – we can’t scream at the government to meet the Paris Protocols if we’re not minding our personal recycling business!

    • Let’s keep doing our part, John! It’s amazing how much recycling collects in a week, right? Like you I have less trash than recyclable items. Thanks for taking time here 🙂

  4. All we have to do with our recycling is put it in one bag and it gets sorted down stream. It means having two bins to take care of but its worth it for mother Earth.

  5. In some cities/regions, recycling is mandatory, which includes organic waste (kitchen scraps.) For instance, it’s been this way for years on Prince Edward Island out of necessity, because they have limited space, and it’s too costly to transport that much waste to the mainland. It’s sad that this is what it takes to implement mandatory recycling, and it’s sadder even that mainland cities will wait until they are drowning in waste to make the necessary change.

    • Recycling is just part of my lifestyle now. I don’t think twice about doing it. And if I’m out somewhere and there’s nowhere to recycle what I have with me that I know is recyclable I tend to bring it home to get rid of it properly 😉 You’re right that it’s sad that many places are waiting too long to get into this habit!

  6. Must admit, when recycling first transpired, I wasn’t very good at but over time I am improving, getting better at it. One thing it brings to mind, as with other things, is it solving the overall issue? solving the overall route cause?or is it merely moving the issue, moving responsibility from one area to another?

    • Great questions you pose. No wonder your name is The Thinker 😉 In my opinion, recycling is helping the issue (minimizing the impact on the Earth, for example) but there is surely more to do. Our society is consuming so much – buying the latest iPhones and whatever else catches the eye – so this totally needs to be restricted. That’s a though just offhand. Now you have me thinking.. !

      • Thanks Christy B. I’m relatively new to blogging, as you may gather, still finding my feet. Part of the “train of thought” behind my own blog was to try and get people thinking, thinking outwith the box (or screen as is more than likely the case). 🙂

      • eeee you mention phones, I won’t go there or at least I will try not too 🙂 I’m currently and hopefully will remain, one of those people that thinks a phone is for what phones were more or less originally introduced for, a computer is for what computers were more or less originally introduced for, two separate pieces of hardware for two separate functions so to speak.

        Anyhow, back to the topic of waste, recycling, how much non-recyclable waste is caused by these ie time? with so much being reliant on one piece of hardware, when it goes down, boy it goes down, big style! How many people’s time is wasted during this period? and after, catching up, repeating the work? How many businesses hurt during this downtime? Mainly as they themselves, their employee’s do not know how to get by without it.

        How much time is wasted on the internet? Is it being used as constructively as it could be? How many people ‘surf’ for the sake of ‘surfing’? Make themselves look busy?

        Another one, which has probably been discussed in the past but comes to mind, mainly due to my current situation, is microwavable meals, how did we survive without them? Was there as much recycling required pre this? I suspect no. Why were microwavable meals introduced? Who introduced them? and more importantly, why did they introduce them? Please don’t say convenience 🙂 Look, think a little deeper than convenience.

        Have a great day!

        • I think you need to write a post on “convenience”!! Plus, did you know that all of these microwave meals that people are eating is upping their estrogen levels (the plastic emits this hormone into the food while cooking in the ‘oven’). This throws off many bodies healthwise. Wait – maybe I should write a post on that?! Ohhh we could talk forever – but not on smartphones (‘smart’?!!) — so much to discusssss

        • Now there is a thought – thanks. I may indeed do that, again haha me, being me, I will give it some thought. Thank you for the inspiration. No, I didn’t know that about microwave meals. I won’t say I know, but had heard, they aren’t supposed to be that good for you healthwise, between the method of ‘cooking’, method of ‘heating’, their content etc soooooo, me being me (haha) this begs the question…..if this is the case……who introduced them? why did they introduce them? who do they truly benefit?
          why are they still around? On the topic of recycling, waste, if they were withdrawn, eradicated, would this not immensely reduce waste? the need for recycling? If they were withdrawn who would not like this?- just a few thoughts. Going back to pre ‘convenience’, going down the route of home cooking, cooking on the hob, how much waste was created from this? more or less than convenience? If there was waste, what was done with it? It was either placed in the bin or put on a compost heap? A natural method of recycling? not a ‘manufactured method of recycling’ – eeeee more thoughts, now I will be quiet 🙂

  7. Hi Christy…
    I love the way society has began to take notice and are grasping the concept of recycling. We have a great program in our small town where everything has a place.
    Several years ago while driving the Alaska highway I witnessed a bag being tossed out onto the roadway from a moving camper. I had to stop and pick it all up. I could not leave it.
    Karma being what it is an hour later I pulled into a campground at Muncho Lake. You guessed it there sat the same camper with a husband, wife and little daughter. lol… needless to say the new bag was hand delivered.
    We have someone in this small town who has decided to toss out all their fast food containers and karma will repeat itself someday… sorry but other people live here as well.
    Great post and a very timely message…

    Hugs from Alberta

    • Karma! Your example is indeed telling of karma, Rolly 🙂 Thanks for doing your part to not only recycle but also lend a hand when needed. Your comments here are appreciated and I am now hugging back (and slipping you a Hershey bar) xx

  8. Excellent post my friend. You’ve got it covered. Yes trees and plants in our homes also purify the oxygen we breathe. And I can’t believe there are still place in North America that don’t recycle. Like the place we rent in winter in Arizona, which is really a pretty green state. When I first got there I asked where the recycling bin was because there was just on garbage under the sink. She told me they don’t have recycling. Wow! 🙂 <3

  9. I will add to this, I was out visiting a friend this week, who quite innocently made a comment similar to “a great deal of our recycling efforts still go to landfill, they don’t actually get recycled”.

    This got me thinking, if this is the case (1) what is the point of ‘us’ putting our time and effort into recycling?, albeit the targets, any targets are normally someone else’s… (2) if numbers are being reported, quoted for recycling, actually how true and accurate are they? (3) at what stage of the ‘recycling process’ is any data taken? (4) is it at the correct stage? providing the most true and accurate numbers. At the point where physical recycling takes place? or at the point of collection? (5) are we being hoodwinked via any numbers, data currently being quoted?

    Maybe the numbers need to be ‘recycled’ to gain more accurate data.

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