Advantages and Disadvantages of Recycling Paper

People will often say that it is good to recycle your paper from the other rubbish you throw into the garbage bin, but is it really worth the effort?

O.K. Let’s begin! On the one side, there’s Pro; In Favor:

The principal point in support of recycling paper is that it reduces the number of trees and therefore also the number of forests that must be felled around the world each year, for wood pulp.

The secondary positive point is: In good times your local municipal council should be able to make a profit from the sale price on the paper they recycle.

Another big benefit is that the carbon emissions created by shipping new paper from the forest to the printer’s factory are avoided.

And finally, the recycling jobs that are created to process your recycled materials are local jobs in your community, which would not otherwise exist.

And on the other side of things, to have this balanced, there’s Cons; Against:

The primary point against recycling paper actually costs money in a recession if there is no market, and this is a complete waste of time and money.

And the next negative point is: If the paper costs more to transport to the paper recycling mill than to dump in a landfill, it will probably be dumped in the local landfill anyway.

Another significant disadvantage is that by recycling you and I actually think that we are saving the environment, whereas we should be doing much more to make a real difference.

And last, however, not necessarily the least thing to consider against is that with fossil fuel derived energy being so expensive, and there being a real need to burn renewable (like wood) fuels, we could just burn it in an incinerator.

So there you have it, the pros and then the cons, the points in favor and the points against. So, in your final analysis is recycling paper a good thing? or just a bad thing? The response is apparently “Yes” to both questions! recycling the waste paper in your household is both good and bad. It is left up to you, the reader to make the decision which side, the good or the bad, outweighs the other one.

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