I consider myself a recycle freak, I try to recycle as much as possible, if I see something in trashcan which is recyclable I try to remove it from there and put it in recycle waste containers, it makes me really uncomfortable to watch recyclable waste dumped in normal trash. Many countries have recognized the need to recycle most of waste generated by humans, consumerism is at its peak in our society, because of easy (and cheap) availability of lot of stuff many times we use more than required and then generate lot of waste, but then don't bother to recycle it, so we do two mistakes at the same time, we overuse the stuff (which is totally avoidable) and then don't even efficiently recycle the stuff. In many countries, specially in developed nations like USA they have made it very easy to recycle many things but still I see that many people are not aware of these things or they don't care and they dump may things in normal trash. I believe it's really bad to dump things which can be easily recycled in normal trash. General tendency is that just one person doing all this (recycling, saving water and paper, etc.) will not make any major difference, I agree to this to some extend but if everyone starts thinking like this then no one will do it. Some one has to start doing this and what can't that someone be us, actually many good things always start with one person doing it and then many times others follow.
As I said things are available so easily and cheaply now a days that it's hard for people to think before they use them or even throw them, whether to print certain stuff or not is not a very big decision now a days, printers and papers are available everywhere (home, office, anywhere you go). Many organizations are trying to reduce use of paper by switching to e-statements and e-bills rather than traditional printed format but still there are many who prefer traditional format, there is nothing wrong in it but they all should make sure that they recycle that stuff efficiently. We teach many good things as part of our tradition and culture to our kids and I think we need to include habit of recycling and using things more efficiently (so that we generate less waste) as a part of our cultural training. Our planet and environment is everyone's property, we all own it and use it and that's why we all are responsible to protect it, take good care of it. There is no single owner of this planet earth that doesn't mean no one should care for it, rather there are so many owners of this beloved planet so it should be treated with out most respect and care but that doesn't seem to be happening. People care lot about their own religion, country, family, home but don't care much about this planet which is actually the reason for existence of everything they care, it's very strange but true.
If we can't stop our self from overusing the things then at least by recycling we can reduce the impact of our consumerism on this planet and this activity can also generate lot of jobs (in recycling industry). There is no negative or side effect of this activity, this is just a simple habit we need to incorporate in our life style. Most of us are already very careful about not dumping any trash outside, we make sure that we throw it in trashcan, we try to keep our surroundings clean, we need to do exactly same thing but next time whenever we throw trash we need to make sure to throw it in "proper disposal bin", that's all, it's not that difficult. Most of us are in search of many good habits to incorporate in our day to day lives and I feel habit of recycling and reusing the stuff as much as possible can be definitely be one of the good habits which can make us better person and help our planet, just think over it, one simple habit can help our planet and future generations to great extend.
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