Recycled materials are materials that would have otherwise been dumped as waste, but are processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form reusable items.
Recycling is the is process of collecting items that have been used, and processing their materials to create new products. This process means that the materials which would have been trash, develop a new use. Recycling plays a vital role in creating a more eco friendly community and environment.
- reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- conserves natural resources e.g. water and minerals
- saves energy
- prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- creates more jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries Way to
The process of recycling follows three specific steps which contiusously happen in a circular movement. Following these steps leads to a more sustainable, and eco-friendly lifestyle.
1st - collection and processing of used materials
2nd- manufacturing - items made from the recycled items e.g. newspapers, steel cans, plastic laundry detergent bottles, UppyBags
3rd- purchasing new products made from recycled materials
Recyclable materials include
- rigid plastic
- paper and cardboard
- loose plastic bags
- polystyrene cups or containers
- soiled foot items
- broken / sharp glass
- plastic utensils
And lastly three things to remember when recycling
1st - recycle all bottles, cans and paper
2nd - clean materials before placing them into recycled bin
3rd - don’t mix plastic bags with the rest of your recycled items