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Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.
 
Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics. Although similar in effect, the composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste – such as food or garden waste – is not typically considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.
 
In a strict sense, recycling of a material would produce a fresh supply of the same material, for example used office paper to more office paper, or used foamed polystyrene to more polystyrene. However, this is often difficult or too expensive (compared with producing the same product from raw materials or other sources), so "recycling" of many products or materials involves their reuse in producing different materials (e.g., paperboard) instead. Another form of recycling is the salvage of certain materials from complex products, either due to their intrinsic value (e.g., lead from car batteries, or gold from computer components), or due to their hazardous nature (e.g., removal and reuse of mercury from various items).
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Quick Tip by . May 17, 2011
The concept of reusing materials is fantastic. But I do frequently wonder what kinds of materials, chemicals, and energies are used in the actual recycling process. How much consumable energy is used in recycling, and what kinds of cleaning chemicals are used? I find it immensely disturbing that the environmental experts I asked these questions to were stopped dead in their tracks and didn't have answers.
review by . March 07, 2010
As you probably know, recycling is the processing of used products for the purpose of creating new products.  This reduces waste and can reduce pollution and other negative impacts to the environment.  Everyone can recycle what they use, but what can and cannot be recycled may not seem clear to most people.      Below is a good guide on what usually can and cannot be recycled by your curb-side recycling service. Your local recycling center may be able to recycle …
review by . July 23, 2010
Is recycling an excuse?
   Is recycling or the ability to recycle used as a justification for consuming more stuff that is simply disposable. We live in a time where everything is made as cheaply as possible giving the consumer the illusion of having real buying power. All it really is, is uncontrolled creation of waste. Walk into any big box store today and look at all the isles and isles of stuff that really is not intended to last. And even though many items are recycleable, how much of it does get recycled? …
Quick Tip by . September 20, 2010
Preserve is a company which originated Gimme 5 and uses the recycled materials to manufacture products such as toothbrushes.
Quick Tip by . September 20, 2010
Recycle #5 plastic, ie: yogurt containers and Britz filters at Whole Foods. Check their website to make sure your local store has the Gimme 5 Bin.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
I love finding ways to recycle and helping others to do the same!
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