Introduction

Recycling is a process of turning waste materials into useful products. It has always been at the center of debates among companies, researchers, and environmentalists. The process requires significant effort, but it can be beneficial to both the environment and your community. Learn more about recycling, types of recycling, and why it is important to recycle below.

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Aluminum

Aluminum is a metal that is commonly used in the manufacture of consumer goods. It has a high strength to weight ratio and is also easily recyclable. It differs from other metals because it can be recycled over and over again without losing its properties or quality. Aluminum recycling involves melting down aluminum scrap into its original state, which then gives you another use for your old cans and other products made from aluminum.

What are some examples of aluminum recycling?

  • Aluminum cans can be recycled over 150 times! This makes them the most recycled product on earth!
  • Soda bottles are another favorite among recyclers because they are lightweight, durable, and easy to recycle!
  • Here’s one you probably don’t see often: Aluminum foil wrappers have been found lining landfills—you can help reduce this problem by recycling them yourself!

Glass

Glass is a natural, durable material that can be recycled into new glass. Sand, limestone, and soda ash are used in the manufacturing of glass.

Glass is 100% recyclable and generates more than $5 billion in revenue for the U.S. economy each year. This means that every ton of recycled glass saves enough carbon dioxide emissions to equal taking 4 cars off the road or planting 1 million trees!

Making new bottles requires 95% less energy than making new glass.[1] Recycling one ton of bottles saves enough energy to power an average home for 13 months,[2] while recycling one ton of cans saves enough energy to power an average home for 6 months.[3]

Paper

Glass is a natural, durable material that can be recycled into new glass. Sand, limestone, and soda ash are used in the manufacturing of glass.

Glass is 100% recyclable and generates more than $5 billion in revenue for the U.S. economy each year. This means that every ton of recycled glass saves enough carbon dioxide emissions to equal taking 4 cars off the road or planting 1 million trees!

Making new bottles requires 95% less energy than making new glass.[1] Recycling one ton of bottles saves enough energy to power an average home for 13 months,[2] while recycling one ton of cans saves enough energy to power an average home for 6 months.[3]

Plastic

Plastic is a material that is made from polymers, which are large molecules made up of many repeating units. Polymers can be natural or synthetic and are used in a wide range of products, from food containers to electronic devices.

Plastic recycling only became popular in the 1970s when oil prices rose and people started looking for ways to reduce their dependence on oil-based products.

Rubber

Rubber is a non-renewable resource that can be recycled. Recycling rubber tires and other products helps keep them in use and out of landfills. The main benefit to recycling rubber is that it reduces the consumption of natural resources, especially during the manufacturing process.

Rubber products include:

  • Rubber tires are used by car owners to get around on roads, but they also make their way into landfills when they’re worn out or damaged beyond repair. Recycling old tires helps reduce waste while keeping them available as an important source of raw materials for new products such as playgrounds and sporting goods like balls, bats, and gloves.* Flooring made with recycled rubber can be used in homes or businesses instead of wood flooring because it’s soft enough for comfort but durable enough for use in high-traffic areas such as kitchens.* Mats made from recycled content are soft underfoot yet strong enough to protect surfaces from spills*. Gloves made from recycled content provide protection against cuts*, splinters* and burns*. Boots made with recycled content offer comfort due to their soft sole material but durability due to their upper material being sturdier than normal leather boots

Textiles

  • Plastic bottles, plastic bags, and plastic containers
  • Plastic lids and caps
  • Straws and utensils
  • Cups, plates, and bowls are made from Styrofoam (polystyrene) or other foam products. The number one reason to recycle is that it keeps trash out of landfills. Recycling helps preserve our natural resources for future generations by reducing the amount of garbage created each year. When you throw something away it does not just disappear; its materials are sent off to a landfill where they will stay for years until someone decides to dig them up again:

o There are over 200 million tons of plastics in landfills worldwide. If these were all stacked on top of each other they would reach more than 60 miles high – higher than Mt Everest!

Recycling can also benefit your community and the environment.

Recycling can also benefit your community and the environment.

Recycling saves energy. It takes less energy to recycle a product than it does to make a new one, especially if you factor in transportation and production. Recycling also keeps natural resources out of landfills and reduces pollution there.

Recycling saves money. When you buy recycled products, you pay less for them than you would for new ones—or even used ones! If a product costs $100 more because it was made from recycled materials, who cares? You’re still saving money by buying it instead of something else! And if the price is lower than other things in its class? That’s extra savings right there!

Recycling saves space: The average American throws away 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) of trash every day—that adds up quickly over time! By recycling what we can there won’t be so much waste taking up space in our homes or landfills around town–which means more room for other things too like gardens or parks 🙂

Conclusion

This is a quick introduction to recycling and how it can help the environment. But you can do more than recycle. You can reduce the amount of waste that you produce by reusing items, composting food waste, or purchasing products made with recycled materials.