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What if Everyone Stopped Recycling? | Marck Recycling

As you already know, we love to talk about the benefits of recycling, and try to illustrate the positive impact you can make by reducing waste and striving for sustainability. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the spectrum, the “not-so-fun” side; what happens if we don’t recycle? What would the world look like if we all just said “no” to recycling and kept producing waste at our current rate?

How would that decision affect our community in just one day?

You as a person won’t see any difference in tomorrow if we all stopped recycling today. In fact, everything will seem normal. However, for the landfills there will be a huge impact. On average, each person generates 4.38 pounds of waste per day. If all that waste goes to the trash – multiply it by 7.125 billion people on earth – that’s 31.2 billion pounds of waste in landfills every single day. The impact of not recycling for one day will be most noticeable on the planet as a whole, because our natural resources are finite. Sure, for every tree we cut down more trees are planted, but the rate we cut them down is much faster than the rate at which a tree can grow. This means that if we’re not recycling, we’ll run out of resources in no time.

Now, take all of that and multiply it by all the days in a month. A year. A decade. It doesn’t take a lot to see what’s going to happen and unfortunately it doesn’t look good. Even one day without recycling can cause immediate problems for our planet. Compounded over the long term, a move away from sustainability would have a serious negative impact on the world and our way of life.

So what can you do? You already know the answer to that question. Start building those healthy recycling habits in your home, and contact Marck Recycling today for a free 360 Waste Audit. We’ll help your business set and reach your sustainability goals.

Marck Recycling

February 16, 2015 | Impact