Recycling is the process of taking up of old materials and waste products and using them to make another product to complete the cycle instead of just throwing them away. Much of the products used for packaging today like paper, plastic, glass, metal, electronics, aluminum cans are already recycled. In other words, recycling of old products could produce fresh supply of new same products.
Recycling is good for the environment, in the sense, we are using old and waste products which are of no use and then converting them back to same new products. Since we are saving resources and are sending less trash to the landfills, it helps in reducing air and water pollution.
Energy consumption is also reduced by recycling since less energy is required to make a new make a new glass bottle from a recycled one because it melts at a lower temperature than the raw materials. Basically, Recycling serves two purposes: First, it avoid landfills and helps in reducing air and water pollution and secondly, valuable material like aluminum cans and plastic and glass are reused in other forms and not wasted.
Recycling starts from home itself. When you are using a old product to something new, you are actually doing recycling. For eg: when you use plastic milk or juice bottles into magazine holders. At larger level, old consumer goods are collected and processed to make new fresh products out of them. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are examples of some products that are recycled in large quantities.
3 Steps In Recycling
There are 3 factors which we needs to consider while thinking about how to recycle – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. You can reduce the amount of waste by just selecting those products which do minimal waste. Choose products that can be easily recycled, can be used productively and have minimum packaging. Carry hand made bags instead of plastic bags.
Search for the products that are more environment friendly. Give away old items which are not in use or which can not be recycled to poor people. Instead of paper mail subscribe to E-paper. Reuse involves using the items in the other way rather than discarding them.
With this we can certainly increase the life time of that item and also it doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge to reuse those items. It also costs less than purchasing the new product. We can reuse aluminum foils, old magazines, newspapers, old clothes, jars, envelopes, containers. We can also use rechargeable batteries rather than single-use batteries. Eat food in steel plates instead of disposable plates.
Recycle involves use of the old products in homes or offices for further purposes when you have tried reduce and reuse. Look out for different easy for recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Buy products that can be easily recycled. Purchase items that are environment friendly and avoid buying hazardous material. Encourage your friends and family to get involved in recycling.
History Of Recycling
Recycling may be a modern concept today but recycling projects throughout history were driven by basic needs, supply and demand. Earlier it wasn’t easy to make goods cheaper and easier so the concept of recycling virtually started from that time. However, large scale recycling started few decades ago. Another motive behind recycling was creating new jobs.
Not all the projects were laid down by the government but there were small companies who tied up with the government and provided job opportunities to the much. Recycling actually started in Great Britain but was adopted on much wider scale by America in the late 1930’s. Due to economic recession recycling became the necessity for the people.
In the 1940s, goods such as nylon, rubber and many metals were rationed and recycled to help support the war effort. In early 1970’s environmental problems and rising energy costs forced people for more recycling. Though recycling suffered earlier but its acceptance has increased year after year.