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Should fines be imposed on businesses that don’t recycle?

Should fines be imposed on businesses that don’t recycle?

General

Will recycling become a thing of the past? Experts say it’s possible unless changes are made (2019)

Various advantages and disadvantages of recycling (2018)

Yes

Benefits of Recycling (2019)

Recycling reduces the use of natural resources by reusing materials:

  • 94% of the natural resources used by Americans are non-renewable. Non-renewable, natural resource use has increased from 59% in 1900 and 88% in 1945.
  • Recycling saves non-renewable resources. For example, by not recycling paper, 80% more wood will need to be harvested by 2010 to meet growing paper consumption demands. However, through active paper recycling, only 20% more wood will need to be harvested by 2010.
  • It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
  • Making products from recyclables results in energy savings. Recycled steel saves 60% production energy, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%.
  • Using scrap steel instead of virgin ore to make new steel takes 40% less water and creates 97% less mining waste.