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To what extent recycling is an effective method for the disposal of domestic waste?

As consumption is a necessary and natural activity for humans, it is an inevitable consequence the generation of garbage. According to National Statistics (2013), each person in England in 2012/13 produce around 423kg of household waste per year. Moreover, people are discussing about the correct disposal of garbage in order to reduce environmental impact from chemical and physical reactions. Recycling appeared as an alternative solution for the traditional methods to dispose rubbish, as mostly people know, this is a process which provide the reuse of waste instead of wait to the natural decomposition. Facing the rise in environmental awareness, it is increasing the amount of recyclable waste. It is indicated by DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 2007) that in 2020 , 50% of household waste will be recycled compared to 43.2% in England in 2012/13 (National Statistics, 2013). For many reasons, recycle is an efficient way to dispose domestic waste. First of all, it is known that recycling friendly works with the environment. The others methods as incineration and landfill cause more harms. For example, as waste decomposes in landfills methane is generated as product, which it is a famous greenhouse gas and contributes to the global warming. As the BBC Weather Centre (2009) affirms, methane “produces 21 times as much warming as CO2”.In addition, recycling reduce the amount of materials that need years to be decomposed by collecting used consumer products and remaking into new. “Plastic beverage bottles” and aluminium can , for example, takes 420 years and 80-200 years respectively to decompose (U.S. National Park Service). Another contribution is that natural sources are preserved when materials are recycled. Undoubtedly, by recycling could…...

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