Recycling is a process – a series of activities, if you want, which include: collecting and sorting waste, processing materials to produce new products, and the purchase and use of new products by consumers.
Recycling is more optimized and efficient if we practice the three R's of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle. The terms recycle and upcycle both are used interchangeably. You can also click here now to get more information about upcycling.
Reducing waste is transported to another get-center recycling centers or landfills is achieved through deliberate reduction in the purchase and our consumption, composting of organic waste, and a flat refusal to use disposable items such as polystyrene and plastic bags.
Reusing materials serves to extend the use of certain goods. Examples of this are: repurposing a glass bottle into an artistic lampshade, give your old phones to family or friends for reuse and upcycling street trash into the public swimming bath.
Recycling sharply reduce the amount of waste that will be stored in our landfills or burned in incinerator plants. Engineered landfills in most cities are designed to contain toxic chemicals leaking from decomposing solid waste from reaching our water systems.
Already, we are getting reports of hazardous chemicals contaminate the water supply in some cities. Burning of waste for electricity may be efficient, but we pay the price in terms of increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling is much more efficient in terms of energy consumption, of producing everything from fresh raw materials. Performed on a national scale, this can lead to a significant reduction in our energy costs.