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.
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.
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.