Types of Recycling
There are many types of recycling, from regular paper product recycling to metal to glass recycling. Recycling helps declutter our landfills and also is better for the environment. Recycling is very important as waste has a huge adverse impact on the environment. Recycling can also benefit your community as it reduces the amount of waste sent to incinerators and landfills. Recycling can also help the economy out by creating jobs throughout the manufacturing and recycling industries.
Waste Paper & Cardboard Recycling
Industry and commerce dispose of approximately 43 million tons of paper and cardboard in the US each year. Every ton of recycled cardboard saves 17 trees, and about 3.3 cubic yards of landfill capacity. Recycling saves enough energy to power the average American home for up to six months. Approximately 80 % of all U.S. paper mills use some sort of recycled paper with the intent to create newer paper products. Recycling paper reduces the energy takes to manufacture raw material into paper by 50%.
All types of uncontaminated timber can be recycled. Grades include items like as timber pallets, timber boxes, floorboards, chipboard, fencing, plywood, furniture etc. After some wood is recycled, it can be utilized for other purposes such as into yard mulch, cover for playgrounds, boiler or pellet fuel and animal bedding just to name a few.
There are around 50 various groups of plastics, with hundreds of different variations. Most common types of plastic are recyclable. You can recycle any plastic bottles or containers found in your kitchen. Because most plastics cannot degrade, they take a longer time for the environment to them break down, possibly up to hundreds of years, although no one knows for sure as plastics haven’t been around long enough. Plastics without the recycling classification number cannot be recycled, such as plastic bags, clear plastic wrap, bubble wrap, including soiled plastic bottles and bags
All classifications of metal can be recycled for usage in the future. Before they are recycled, metals are sorted into non-ferrous and ferrous types. Ferrous metal includes cast iron, wrought iron, steel, non-ferrous includes aluminum, copper, stainless-steel, brass and lead to name some more common types.
Glass can be recycled, but it must be acceptable for reprocessing. Recycled glass uses less energy than manufactured glass. The general principle for glass recycling is, like the other categories that the glass should be as free of contaminants and clean as possible. Types of glass that can be included are such items as bottles, jars, dishes, beads, windows, drinking glasses, vases, etc. Mirrors cannot be recycled.
Bricks/ Inert Waste Recycling
Hardcore rubble, concrete, sand, bricks, gravel, asphalt milling, tiles and ceramics can be recycled into usable aggregates. These waste streams come on refuse containers from industrial and demolition sites it is tipped and then crushed into small pieces to produce various grades of aggregates to be reused on construction sites.
It is approximated that more than 1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year. About 5% of textiles take up landfill space. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are actually recyclable. Textiles that can be suitable for reprocessing include carpets, tires, rubber, footwear, and non-durable goods such as sheets, towels, etc.
Recycling for the Environment
Recycling can greatly benefit your community because it reduces the amount of waste sent to incinerators and landfills. As we recycle, the recyclable materials are reprocessed into brand new products, and as a result the amount of waste sent for incineration is reduced.Recycling also helps the economy out by creating jobs in the manufacturing and recycling industries.