Do you have friends or family members that don’t recycle? What kinds of excuses do they give you? The article “5 Reasons Why People Don’t Recycle and 5 Reasons They Should” by Ronnie Citron-Fink lists the popular excuses of non-recyclers and reasons why you should recycle.

Reasons People Don’t Recycle:
1. Inconvenience- Some people don’t want to put in the “extra effort” but some places have “no pick-up.”

2. Not Enough Space in the Home- People with small homes or apartments don’t want to see garbage and extra garbage containers.

3. “If they paid me, I’d recycle”- Some countries fine people for not recycling, some pay you for cans and/or bottles, and, sometimes there isn’t any fine or payment.

4. It doesn’t make a difference- “Misinformation about overflowing landfills, depleted resources and climate change has convinced some people that recycling doesn’t make a difference. They believe there is no problem.”

5. It’s too hard- You can’t put all recyclable products in one bin, you have to divide them up. It’s hard to understand which product goes where.

Reasons Why you Should Recycle:

  1. It saves energy- If you recycle, “the manufacturer does not have to produce something new from raw natural resources.” By recycling, you can save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down.”
  2. Reduces the need for landfills- Less garbage= fewer landfills.
  3. Preserves our resources and protect wildlife- “Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees, and recycling reduces the need to destroy animal habitats.”
  4.  Boosts the economy- “Purchasing products that have been recycled creates a greater demand for more recycled goods. Goods made from recycled materials use less water, create less pollution and use less energy.”
  5. Helps our climate- “Recycling produces less carbon, which reduces the amount of harmful greenhouse gases.”