Recycling v. Composting

While recycling may be a better option as this reduces the need to cut down more trees, at least when referring to paper, however composting doesn’t use any fossil fuels and thus many be considered a better option overall.

Intro

The 2 "green" methods of disposing of an item are recycling or composting and while items such as plastic should obviously be recycled and food should be composted, some materials such as paper can be both recycled and composted. Below we are going to discuss the pros and cons or recycling and composting and also what to do with the most common materials.

Materials

Paper

Recycling paper reduces the need for virgin trees to be cut down and less resources and energy will need to be put into making new paper. However, recycling also consumes energy and resources, so there is a drawback. Composting on the other hand, is great if the paper is soiled from food or paint as it can then not be recycled and on its own consumes no energy however producing new paper will.

Cardboard

Cardboard

The same is true for cardboard. Recycling it reduces the need for resources such as trees, water, etc. however it also takes energy to recycle. Composting uses no energy however resources must then be used for more cardboard to be produced. One common use however of cardboard are as pizza boxes which cannot be recycled if they have grease stains and thus should be composted.

Conclusion

In conclusion, recycling and composting have their pros and cons and therefore, you should dispose based on your beliefs. For example, if you hate cutting down trees, then maybe you should recycle, but if you are all for carbon neutral, then maybe you should compost. However, whatever you choose, just remember that it is better than the trash. Please post any questions in the comments section and check out other articles in about both composting and recycling.