How Recycling Works

There seems to be an abundance of garbage and waste in the world today. While it is possible to reduce some of the consumption, for most people there are items that we use on a daily basis that wind up in the landfill. However, many of these products do not have to end up there. It is possible to recycle many products and reuse the base materials. We’ve put together a simple guide explaining the basics of recycling so that you will understand how the process works.

Paper Recycling – Recycling paper is vital since it can protect trees from being cut down faster than they are replenished. The paper must be sorted; then it is turned into a “paper soup.” Ink, glue, staples and other impurities are filtered out, and the resulting pulp can be bleached and reused. Sometimes the recycled pulp is strengthened with the addition of new pulp.

Glass Recycling – Glass is often disinfected and reused “as is,” but it can be recycled too. When glass is recycled, it costs less energy and money for the organization that uses it. To recycle it, first it must be sorted by color, then the company grinds it, sifts out impurities using lasers and magnets and then the glass is melted down and reformed into new glass items.

Plastic Recycling – Many plastics are not biodegradable, so recycling them to keep them out of the landfill is crucial. Plastic items should be sorted by type. Then, the resulting plastic can be melted down into pellets or turned into fiber. Many recycled plastics are used in construction products and in the clothing industry.

Other Recycling – Obviously, many other products can be recycled too (including all types of metal – each which is recovered using a slightly different method.) Once you get started recycling, you may find that it’s a bit “addictive.” You may be eager to recycle as many different products as possible. Your waste removal company is usually an excellent resource to help you with the sorting and recycling process. Another thing to remember is that reusing products is always a smart idea too–as this also keeps products out of the landfill.

Now that you understand how recycling works, perhaps you will be more inclined to give it a shot. The benefits can be incredible. Not only are you helping to keep products out of the landfill, but you will also use fewer new resources, prevent pollution and may even save money and energy. Reach out to Fleetwood Waste Systems in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland or your local waste management company to learn more about how you can begin or expand a recycling program for your home or business.

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