What is waste recycling?

2017-02-28 06:00

RECYCLING is processing used materials (waste) into new products. This is done to reduce the use of raw materials that would have been used.

Effective recycling starts with household (or the place where the waste was created).

Waste items that are usually recycled include:

Paper waste: Paper waste items include books, newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes and envelopes.

Plastic waste: items include plastic bags, water bottles, rubber bags and plastic wrappers.

Glass waste: all glass products like broken bottles, beer and wine bottles can be recycled.

Aluminium waste: cans from soda drink, tomato, fruit cans and all other cans can be recycled­.Did you know that recycling just 1 ton of aluminium cans conserves more than 207 million Btu, the equivalent of 36 barrels of oil, or 6302,711 litres of petrol. — EPA.

When these are collected, the are sent to the recycling unit, where all the waste from each type are combined, crushed, melted and processed into new materials.

Importance and benefits of waste recycling

R ecycling is beneficial in many ways:

Recycling helps protect the environment:

This is because the recyclable waste materials would have been burned or ended up in the landfill. Pollution of the air, land, water and soil is reduced.

Recycling conserves natural resources:

Recycling more waste means that we do not depend too much on raw (natural) resources, which are already massively depleted.

Recycling saves energy:

It takes more energy to produce items with raw materials than from recycling used materials. This means we are more energy efficient and the prices of products can come down.

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