Creating brand new materials, especially plastics, involves time, energy, and a variety of production resources that frequently become waste products. Water, oil, paper, ink, and other seemingly non-related materials go into the production of new plastics. These materials generally can’t be reused, and frequently create waste products of their own. Plastic recycling therefore not only helps re-use plastic, but it also helps reduce the amount of non-reusable production materials and associated waste involved in the creation of new plastic or other recyclable materials.
The planet is currently deluged with non-recycled materials that take up space and leach toxic chemicals into the environment. Styrofoam, also known as plastic Type 6, takes literally 500 years to dissolve on its own. If it is burned or processed incorrectly, it can create health problems and pollute agricultural growing lands. In some cases, plastics interfere with the breeding and feeding habits of wildlife, causing unnecessary death and illness.