Is Recycling Worth Recycling

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Abstract Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air and water pollution by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" waste hierarchy. Introduction We are currently living in what is known as the polymer/ plastic age. We as humans are reliant on objects and materials that take a lot of energy to produce and are hazardous to the environment itself. We do not realise the extent of damage that this, especially plastic, causes and as a result of the ignorance or lack thereof of a practical and sustainable solution, the world is in a crisis, socially, environmentally and economically. Something needs to be done. Hypothesis Not all plastics can be recycled and those that can prove less harmful when not recycled due to the amounts of energy required to recycle them. Aim To prove whether or not all plastics are recyclable and whether or not it is worth recycling those can be recycled. Methods To prove this hypothesis, I will do both primary and secondary research Primary research: Research I physically do myself • Interviews with various people in the community Secondary research: Research found off the internet, from books and theories, investigations proved

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