What is Recycling?
I believe the term “recycling” is not a strange term for many of us. We would have at least got a vague idea of what recycling means even during the school days or through social media or even some would have started “recycling” as their way of life.
And not surprisingly, in many parts of the world, communities have already embraced the idea of recycling their unwanted materials for the various benefits of recycling.
In simple language, recycling is nothing but creating new things out of the old and used materials.
Recycling is a key and third component of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” waste hierarchy, which comprises three elements, reduce, reuse and recycle.
The old or used waste materials are broken down into their basic elements and then they are used as raw materials for creating other new materials out of it. In fact, the recycling process differs for different materials.
Factors for successful recycling:
The following factors describe what is recycling success determined by. These factors are very important if our recycling efforts are to make a difference.
- Products designed for recycling – For recycling to be possible in the first place, products must be designed with recycling or environmental protection in mind.
- Recyclable collection – To ensure that there is a constant supply of recyclables for the recycling process, recyclables need to be systematically collected from their sources (eg. households, schools, etc). They need to be separated from trash and other wastes to prevent contamination, and sorted by type of material to facilitate processing.
- Processing – The recyclable materials collected need to be sorted by the type of material to facilitate processing, and need to be broken down into its basic elements, and then be reused as raw materials to produce new products.
- Demand for recycled products – The “Recycling Cycle” will only be completed when the new products are put to use. As much as it is important to send your recyclable items for recycling, it is also important to use recycled products to ensure that recycling becomes a economically viable activity within your community.
To know more about the recent advancement in recycling process and the different ways that each communities handles their wastes to recycle, join us at 6th International Conference on Recycling and Waste Management at Dubai during December 3-5, 2018.