The importance of recycling metals

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  • Why recycling metals is important
    • Mining and extracting metals takes up a lot of energy, and most of the energy comes from burning fossil fuels
    • Fossil fuels are running out so its becoming increasingly important that we conserve them
      • Burning them also contributes to acid rain, global dimming, and climate change
    • Recycling metals uses less energy than mining and extracting new ones
      • Recycling copper only takes 15% of the energy needed to mine and extract new copper
    • Energy isn't free, so recycling saves us money
    • There's a finite amount of each metal in the earth
      • Recycling conserves these resources
    • Recycling cuts down on the amount of rubbish sent to landfills
      • Landfills take up space and pollute surroundings


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