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April 22 is Earth Day: Start recycling!

by Jorge Hernandez on April 22, 2011

People across the country will be celebrating the 41st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. The environmental awareness day was first held in 1970, founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling has a number of benefits, including job expansion.

Some of recycling's benefits are more obvious than others. When one recycles or reuses bottles, cans and paper products, there is a reduction in the level of trash lumped together and sent to a landfill.

Recycling thus directly results in decreased need for landfills as well as the making of products out of what is known as "virgin materials". Such manufacturing processes cause a lot of pollution and the more we recycle, the less we contribute to pollution of this source.

Many people have heard of greenhouse gas emissions. This is another major benefit of recycling. Global climate change is happening whether one thinks about it every day or not.

The effects recycling has on jobs and employment may be less obvious. But according to the EPA, that is exactly one of the benefits of recycling. In a series of chain effects, recycling will end up keeping more manufacturing jobs open and increase the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.

Finally, recycling helps to conserve energy and other resources such as water and natural minerals. One's actions today will affect the state of the world for many generations to come.

Earth Day is a time to celebrate the environment and the land where we have built our homes. Whether it is by bringing a reusable travel cup to Starbucks and receiving free coffee, or taking the time recycle one's old cellphone at a Verizon store, there are many different ways to contribute to the health of our planet. 

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