The mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” has been around long enough that just about everyone’s familiar with it. Recycling, in a nutshell, is the process whereby we take a product at the end of its useful life and use all or part of it to make other products entirely. The common symbol for recycling is three green arrows moving in a triangle that signify the process from collection to remanufacture to resale.
Although we can find ways to recycle just about anything, the three most commonly recycled materials in our homes are glass, plastics and paper.
Glass: Glass is exceptional because it’s one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing its strength, purity or quality. Next time you consider throwing glass in the garbage, think again. Find a recycling center or nearby bin, or contact your city to get on the recycling program so this wonderfully reusable material doesn’t wind up in the landfill.
Paper: Paper is everywhere and increasingly precious due to the deforestation of our planet’s major wooded areas. Paper makes up the largest percentage of the municipal solid waste stream at 33 percent. Don’t throw paper away, whether it’s mail, packaging or your morning newspaper. Put it in the recycling bin where it belongs.
Plastic: Plastics are differentiated by a number system that goes from 1 thru 7. The numbers signify the type of resin used to produce it, which affects how it can be recycled. This is why you’ll typically see plastic recycling bins that clearly indicate that only certain types of plastics (bags, bottles, etc.) can be left there.
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