Human beings use the earth’s resources to produce goods and energy. Harvesting natural resources like petroleum to produce plastics and energy, trees to produce paper and metal to produce a variety of products, has negative impacts on the natural world. Conservation and responsible use of natural resources helps reduce negative environmental impacts like oil spills, air and water pollution and habitat loss. Reducing waste is one way to conserve natural resources. Consuming less, using something until it’s all used up or no longer works, donating still-good items instead of throwing them away, choosing to purchase second-hand items and items with less packaging are all examples.
How recycling works
Concord citizens’ recycling is processed at the Metrolina Recycling Center which is owned by Mecklenburg Co. and operated by a contractor. We have adapted their web page to help explain how recycling works.