Odd question, really never thought of, right? We rarely think “what could happen if we didn’t recycle our scrap metals?” Some thoughts on this are simple, like “if you don’t recycle, that fridge will sit there forever!” Not quite what we are talking about, but you get the picture. So we thought we would give you an idea of what happens if we don’t recycle.
What Happens If We Don’t Recycle
First and foremost, if we didn’t recycle, it is obvious to most people are landfills and garbage dumps would be overflowing (as most already are). The current state of affairs in the waste management industry is pretty tough. With regulation on where you can and where you can’t create landfills, and how much waste you can store there, the industry itself is upside down trying to figure out solutions.
Fortunately, recycling of many resources including scrap metals and other commodities helps reduce the amount you find in landfills and on the side of the road. This includes your refrigerator, washers and dryers and even your car sometimes. Recycling some or most of their parts, makes them usable again in a different way than the original manufacturing. Of course theirs the natural recourse as well, without proper recycling, nature itself could be grossly effected, to the point of no return.
Lastly, there is an economic side to it as well, the recycling of products has created a paradigm in metals and other areas. Not only has it made pricing more competitive, but it has created an economy of its own that supplies jobs , and resources to communities around the world. We all need these jobs in our economy, and can’t afford to lose them. Over time, technology will advance in the recycling industry, hopefully creating more opportunities for the average person to contribute.