The recycling process is important and has a part to play in sustainability. However, currently it is still only a partial solution because the recycling operation is not environmentally friendly and there is a net environment cost. Plastic is where recycling gets most controversial and r ecycling plastics mitigates carbon impacts only to a limited extent.
Does recycling help the environment or are we just going around in circles?
One of the original goals of the recycling movement was to avert a supposed crisis as the nation’s landfills were running out of space and to reduce carbon emissions and the greenhouse gases as we reduce the need to manufacture new products, hence less mining, drilling and logging. But because more and more materials types have been added to the recyclable list, the process has become more complex and expensive than expected. In addition, recycling, especially of plastic waste mitigates carbon impacts only to a limited extent.