Sustainable Living : Recycling

Almost everyone is now aware of the word recycle.  You would not miss it as the recycling symbol ♻️ can found on billboards, in newspapers, radio, TV, on social media and on the products we buy.

However, only a few are actively doing recycling and doing it properly. 

In this article, we will talk about how to do proper recycling and why we should.

First, let us define recycling.

What is it? ♻️

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling not only benefits the environment but also the community.

Below are some benefits of recycling:

  Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.

 Conserves natural resources

Prevents pollution

Saves energy

 

There are organizations that buy trash and recycle them into various products.  Some turn plastics into eco-lumber. Others buy eco bricks, for paper these are turned into paper towels

What can we do as individuals?

Below are some easy to do household recycling tips:

  1. Separate and segregate your waste. Have at least three waste bins at home.  Plastics, Glass and Paper.  If you can, also include a different bin for food wastes.

 

  1. It is important to note that plastic and glass containers should be washed clean. Contaminated plastics (especially food) are not accepted by recycling facilities.

 

  1. Check your recycling labels. Not everything that has a recycling arrow ♻️ is recyclable. Remember recycling is only as good as the facilities you have in place in your community

 

  1. Learn how to compost your food wastes. There are different kinds of composting, there is vermicomposting and bokashi composting. Learn the difference of the two and apply which one is suitable for you.

 

  1. Find an organization or a recycling company near you. Different companies have different recycling fortes. Some are focused into plastic recycling, others are glass, and so forth.

 

 

It is important to remember that recyling’s success rate is low in terms of curtailing our waste.  The best way to limit our waste is to stop buying things we do not need.  To refuse buying products in plastics and to reuse what we already have.  Recycling should be the last in our list of options.

 

With a little commitment, coupled with mindfulness in our buying choices, we’d be able to manage and limit our waste.

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