History of Recycling
The population in the United States doubled from 1950 to 2000 which lead to the serious issues with waste. The need for more water and the desire for more goods also contributed to concerns. It became evident over the course of history and as more technology was available that we had to do something.
Technology has given us an inside look at how we can recycle. Now we have a means of being able to take paper, plastic, aluminum, tin, and more to recycle them in factories. We have the ability to really reduce the amount of resources it takes to make what people need and want.
As the population grew so did the production of various items. Factories were created all over the place. They often contribute large amounts of waste. However, the fact that 80% of what comes out of a home or factory can be recycled is encouraging. The cost of recycling is less than what it takes to use raw materials to make the same products.
Even though the concepts of why we need to recycle and how to do it have grown over time the ideas aren’t new. It is believed that recycling was taking place as early as 400 BC. In those early days people didn’t have access to much. They couldn’t get in the car and drive to pick up what they wanted. They couldn’t click around the internet and buy it either to have it shipped to their door.
As a result they had to be creative with what they had. They had to recycle items so that they would be able to use them again. Sometimes the benefit was for monetary gain too. For example the Romans created bronze statues from gold coins as they were more valuable in that format.
When there were tough times such as wars coins and jewelry were melted down and used to create weapons or other items that were a necessity. This was all part of survival and we use those benefits now to ensure that there is survival for the volumes of people out there in the future.
After World War II recycling was very high due to people being in a mode to protect all that they had. Then things changes in society to where people were just relying on the convenience of packages goods. They were tossing out what they didn’t need without any problems.
They didn’t have the information we have today though about the problems it was creating. For example the idea of bottled water leads people to think that they can get better quality of water. Yet they didn’t realize that those plastic bottles would create a problem for society.
Recycling history often relies on information and education. Today we have social media and the internet to help us spread the right information bout the needs of recycling. That is a key part of it being something that we can all benefit from. What the future holds in terms of recycling really is up to each of us. We have to make the decision to be part of the solution or continue being part of the problem. Every effort helps and it all starts with each of us deciding that we want history to say that significant changes to recycling was made during our time.
Today there are 36 states that have some form of significant recycling in place. They are encouraged to continue to grow those efforts. The goal is also for the remaining states to work to implement something that can help their state as well as the entire USA to benefit.