Recycling saves resources and the climate! Paper, glass, or plastic – recycling is possible for most materials; however, nowhere do these achieve a recycling rate of 100 %. So, does recycling have any ecological advantages? How can Seniors contribute?
The better waste is sorted, the more can be recycled. Recycling requires fewer resources, but it also saves a lot of energy, protecting the climate. Natural organic waste, properly recycled, can become fertilizer and soil and thus provide new life again and again according to the recycling principle. Paper can be recycled up to seven times, and glass can be remelted infinite times without any loss of quality if recycled properly.
Helping the environment need not only be through recycling either. Sometimes it’s simply about keeping our water, soil, and air safe. Almost everything can be recycled, from wine corks to crayons, from toothbrushes to eyeglasses. You can recycle old phones, even those old VCR and cassette tapes you’ve been hanging on to. Did you know there is a National Day for disposing of prescription drugs?
“Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Even the plastic bags we use in our everyday life take anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to decompose, and plastic bottles can take 450 years or more.” RECYCLING Magazine
How to recycle you ask? Our society has changed a lot. Seniors mostly grew up when much was reused or repaired -- there was never anything needing recycling because very little was thrown away. It’s often more expensive to fix something than to buy a new one. If anyone can save the planet, it’s probably smart seniors! Unfortunately, we’re not going to get back to the good old days, and as seniors make up a growing percentage of the population, it’s becoming our responsibility.
There are so many ways you can promote an eco-friendly lifestyle for seniors in your community!
“If you love gardening but find an outside garden harder to manage, or if you live in a senior community that doesn’t have a community garden, create one in your living space. Start with a small herb garden that takes up only a small portion of space. Plant the herbs you love most, like basil, oregano, cilantro, and even chives. If you don’t cook your own meals, you’ll at least be able to season the meals you get.” Earth911
Hot Tip for your garden: Seed and small plants grow well in those plastic yogurt containers you’ve been saving.
Recycling isn’t just about washing out your tin cans and taking them to the depot. There are ways you can save money by being more sustainable in your habits.
A penny saved is a penny earned, right? Well, saving the planet might seem like a tall order if we’re talking about returning our glass bottles to the depot. You may be unfamiliar with some recycling concepts at first, but anyone can reduce, recycle, and reuse! Proper disposal increases the recycling rate, conserving resources and energy. Keeping unrecyclable materials out of our water, soil, and air help keep our environment clean – for ourselves and our grandkids!
Many more recycling ideas and resources can be found on this site.
“Reported recycling rate is the highest among younger generations where 92 percent of respondents between 18 and 34 years stated that they recycled, while only 68 percent of those over 65 years old reported recycling.” Statista
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