Friday, February 25, 2011

Is it worth it to recycle?

Government's point of view:
- Able to reduce waste
- Able to reduce global warming
- Can help cut costs of raw materials

Industrial's point of view:
- The cost and energy of producing recycled products is more than producing new products.
- Less land is require for disposal if everyone recycles
- The cost of setting up machinery for recycling is high
- Recycling is not a linear process

Consumer's point of view
- Recycling is profitable
- Buying new products is cheaper than buying recycled products, so recycling is unnecessary
- Transportation of raw materials is costly
- More resources will be available in the future if we recyclable
- The long term advantage is better than the short term disadvantage

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