Negative Sides of Recycling
We all know that the United States produces quite a lot of products, and so do other
countries. Demand for different kind of product has been increasing steadily; we even measure
the performance of an economy by the quantity of product. On the other perspective, however,
the world produces solid waste in the same speed. It is then our responsibility to deal with the
waste in safe, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive ways.
In the US, according to U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency in 2009, the per capita generation of waste was 4.34 pounds
per person per day and total waste generation was 243.0 million tons; and the US generated more
solid waste per capita than any other country. The numbers are amazing, and even increasing day
by day as the U.S. population increases. While there is no single solution to the challenge of
solid water disposal today, we have to solve the problem effectively as it will affect not only our
generation but also, more severely, the next one. An integrated approach, from reducing the
source of waste to recycling can be utilized to reduce the speed of waste production.
Many people think that recycling is the best ways to prevent our waste problem because
recycling can save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and even generate jobs.
Nevertheless, recycling alone cannot solve the whole problem, it only solves a part of the big
problem. Thinking that recycle can solve the problem is misleading; it is a big mistake. People
have to aware that they cannot consume too many products because recycling still cannot help
much to solve our waste problem. Nowadays, people tend to easily get bored with their old
electronic stuffs, like computer, television, and radio because of rapidly improving technology.
By the means of aggressive advertising, consumer becomes thirst for all the latest gadgets; so,
they tend to buy new products.
After they buy their new electronics, they are going to wonder
“what should I do with the old ones?”, and the possible answer is recycling.