Ethical Aspects of Recycling We are all bound by ethical obligations to safeguard the well being of each other and the well being of the future generation (Fahlquist, 2008). Recycling ensures sustainability of people through two main ways. Recycling sustains people by providing a source of income. This is ethically right as enabling a person financially helps lift their lifestyles. Recycling plants employ many workers. Studies carried out in the United States show that approximately 1.1 million people are employed to work in recycling plants (Eisenberg, 2011). The people employed in these plants gain the capability of improving their lifestyles and provide a better life for their children.
Everybody has a right to have a good life. At this age, money affords the requirements needed to live a good and comfortable life. The increase in income allows parents to afford good schools that offer quality education. This will give the children necessary skills to help them be independent and thrive in the future. Thus, recycling processes help in propagation of quality life through generations. The recycling plant also helps contribute to the growth and development of the society.
This is through the generation of income towards economy building. Money generated by these plants make it possible for the government to afford basic requirements such as food and healthcare to the society. Recycling processes are considered as cost effective compared to a collection of waste products (Eisenberg, 2011). This is in the sense that the collection of waste products requires input of finance in collecting requirements and a way to dispose that waste material. It is also cheaper compared to incineration processes involved in waste disposal.
Some materials such as plastics and other none biodegradable materials pose a challenge when it comes to their disposal. When released to the environment, none biodegradable contributes to environmental pollution as they do not decompose. Accumulation of disposal of none biodegradable materials renders the land unusable leading to a high cost of living due to decreased productivity and increased risk for diseases. Sustainability is also regarded in terms of natural resources. Everyone is accountable to ensure that the environmental surroundings of other people are safe.
At this industrial age, the power of nations is measured by their capability to manufacture. As a result, there has been erection of many industries to afford the nation’s competitive capabilities at a global level.
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