There are many environmentally friendly recycling practices, but first you need to understand the importance of this practice.
Recycling is the process of creating new objects from used and old materials, which helps reduce the consumption of energy and highly useful materials rather than wasting them. In its turn, In recent years, the term “sustainability” has become increasingly important. and refers to meeting current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, thereby striking a balance between environmental stewardship, economic growth and social well-being.
This concept, when applied to recycling, means that It is very important that recycling is dry, clean and separated according to the categories to which it belongs. And effective waste management requires the cooperation of all citizens. If we separate everything correctly, there will be more recovery of recyclables.
Achieving sustainable recycling will always be possible if each of us takes action to help the planet.For example: we can sort garbage, turn off lights, use reusable foods, eat organic fruits and vegetables, turn off taps correctly, leave appliances on, use the thermostat, take public transport…
The importance of collection centers
Collection centers have the function of pooling the products of small producers so that they can compete in quantity and quality in the markets of large urban centers. As we know, the value chain revolving around recycling can benefit if each of us does our part to properly separate materials.
Next, we’ll look at five key concepts about the importance of delivering dry, clean, and separated materials to the collection center:
- Material quality: Keeping the material clean, dry and separated ensures a higher quality material for sale and reuse.
- Cross contamination: If one of the materials is mixed with polluting waste, such as tuna oil, it can contaminate other recoverable materials, such as cardboard or paper, thus turning it into a useless material, preventing it from being recycled. An interesting and important fact to remember: one drop of used oil pollutes 1000 liters of water.
- Economic efficiency:This factor increases when fewer hours and resources are spent on the recycling separation task. In addition, we also prevent them from investing resources into landfilling anything that cannot be recycled, which is very important as many families depend on this financial assistance and benefit from the campaign.
- Health and cleanliness: Clean material means that the docking center is free of unpleasant odors and pests that could affect the health of employees.
- Rotation of materials: If we separate the material, the processes are streamlined and recycling goes much faster, leaving room for more valuable materials.
How to properly divide recycling
- Paper and cardboard: This type of garbage that we accumulate at home includes newspapers, envelopes, letters, various papers and even egg or milk cartons. Proper recycling is to throw it in the blue bin, of course not mixing it with leftover plastic containers or food. Also be sure to fold them up for proper disposal.
- Plastic and packaging: In this category we include water jugs and bottles, sprays, aerosols, jars and trays in which fruit, meat or fish are supplied. The appropriate container for this waste is yellow.
- Organic waste: This applies to anything that is leftover food or peelings of fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget that you can’t put oils, feminine hygiene products or diapers in the bucket or bag we put all this in. The brown container is the one.
- Crystal and glass: We’re talking about glass from glass bottles or mason jars, as well as anything made from broken glass. This type of recycling must be disposed of in a green bin and not in organic waste.
- Waste and residues: Some examples are cigarette butts, diapers, sanitary pads, dust we collect when sweeping the house, vacuum cleaner bag residue, razor blades, chewing gum or kitchen sponges. All this is recycled into a gray container.
Other object types such as clothes, oil, toys, batteries or items such as household appliances, printer ink or lamps, we must take them to a recycling center in our area, town or city to dispose of them there. And all of this is waste that either goes through another recycling process or is not recyclable. This way, you can properly sort all your garbage and take care of the environment.
Recycling of household appliances
The continuous and rapid development of technology in which we live today results in the generation of a huge amount of waste from electronic and electrical devices. Some of these small household appliances They contain highly toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can harm the environment and affect human health., for this reason they require special handling. The fact that these devices end up in landfills, mixed with other garbage, instead of being processed in a controlled manner, poses a great danger, since they emit refrigerant gases and oils contained in refrigerators and air conditioners, phosphorescent dust present in tube televisions. cathode rays or batteries and capacitors that we can find in other equipment.
Every year in Spain almost 100,000 tons of small household appliances are put into circulation, such as razors, mixers, radios, plants, toasters… The future of these electronic and electrical devices is marked by the famous three points:
- Reduce your consumption of electronic devices and repair: More and more devices are consumed and replaced with new ones faster. Reducing consumption is a preventive measure aimed at reducing the number of tons of waste that needs to be recycled. A good way to stop this is to consider that before you throw it away, there is an opportunity to give it a new use by renovating it.
- Reuse: If it cannot be repaired, we can reuse some of its parts in other devices or give them a new life. Of course, always guaranteeing its correct operation. We must prevent these items from ending up in landfills.
- Convert: Any item can be recycled in one way or another, you just have to break with customs and stereotypes about what decor, practicality and everyday life are. Convert the devices so that they can be used again by other users, and if the product no longer works and there is no way to use it, you should choose recycling.
Reasons for recycling
Recycling is everyone’s responsibility and the consequences of bad practices will also fall on us and our future generations. Therefore, we must know why recycling is so important because This is one of the simplest activities that we can participate in in our daily life..
For example, by recycling, we give the planet time to reforest because Overexploitation of natural resources and air and water pollution are reduced. And for every ton of paper recycled, 18 trees are saved.
Another reason we need to raise awareness about recycling is that it reduces the burden on existing landfills, extends their useful life and reduces the need to create new ones. Besides Developing new products saves time and money.
On the other hand, recycling two tons of plastic is equivalent to saving one ton of oil; and for every container recycled, the energy needed to keep the TV on for 3 hours is saved. In short, recycling is a reflection of culture and social responsibility. You already have many reasons to do this… Are you joining change for the betterment of the planet and your life?
Interesting facts about sustainable recycling
- Human fat obtained through liposuction can be used as fuel.
- Aluminum cans can be recycled and returned to store shelves in just 2 months.
- Every day, 27,000 trees are cut down to make toilet paper.
- Recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for up to 6 hours.
- If we recycled all newspapers, more than 250 million trees could be saved every year.
- In Finland, almost 100% of glass bottles are recycled, and 9 out of 10 plastic bottles are returned for recycling.
- Recycling one ton of plastic can save up to 7,500 liters of gasoline.
- In Germany, the Doggone project recycles dead pets into compost.
- Plastic bags thrown into the ocean kill more than a million sea creatures a year.
- Recycling helps save energy and, as a result, emit fewer greenhouse gases.
- Half a million trees would have to be cut down to produce Sunday newspapers every week.