Types Of Recycling

Recycling is the procedure by which we take surplus materials which we no longer need and turn them into new useful products and there are many types of recycling. When we recycle, we save our raw materials, reduce the usage of our energy, cut down on air pollution and water pollution and have the opportunity to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The first type of recycling can be classified by type of material that is being recycled. Glass recycling, paper recycling, metal recycling, plastic and textile recycling and finally electronic recycling. Another type of recycling is composting which is the “reuse of biodegradable waste,” like garden mulch, or food.

Other types of recycling are grouped by the nature of the recycling procedure. By default, recycling a material produces that same material, so the paper you recycle at the office would be converted into fresh office paper. Another recycling type is reuse, that is, using the materials to produce different materials. Another yet is salvage of materials that are valuable from products, like ITAD electronics and valuable computer parts.

What Kinds of Recycling Systems Are There?

Then, there are types of recycling that are classified by system, that is, where in the process of recycling the items are cleaned and sorted.You can recycle with mixed waste collection, source separation and commingled recyclables. First, there is mixed waste collection – this is when all of the products to be recycled are mixed in with the rest of the waste, and then after pickup the materials are sorted out and cleaned. Although mixed waste collection amounts to a lot of recyclable waste, the city doing the pickup doesn’t need to pay for separate collection of recyclables and you don’t have to depend on the public to do it.

Source separation is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Each material is sorted, and cleaned before collection ever takes place. Advantages of this type of recycling is that there is much less need for cleaning after collection but the public does have to be educated on what materials are OK to recycle. Although source separation used to be the preferential way to recycle because of the price of sorting, technology has lowered this cost dramatically.  In a commingled system, all recyclables are mixed together but garbage is kept separate. This will cut the costs of cleaning after collection but requires help from the public and education services to tell the public what is safe to recycle.

A Private Reason to Recycle

Few people realize that, on top of physical recycling of resources, individuals and businesses need to recycle their retired IT assets to maintain the security of data that may be stored on them. Computers, specialty laptops and tablets, faxes, printers, scanners, network devices – these forms of e-waste can store potentially harmful information that needs to be removed with a secure data destruction service.

What Kinds of Recycling Centers Are There?

Finally there is buy-back center recycling, where all of the cleaned products are purchased. The main advantage offered here is that because there is a motivation to use these centers, there will be a stable supply of recyclable products flowing in. Afterwards, the processed material can then be sold, which will theoretically create a profit.

Drop off centers are the last type of recycling center, where the recyclables are carried to a central location. Although these are the easiest types of recycling centers to establish, they might be less predictable or stable in terms of supply. Recycling is good for the environment and can create countless new jobs. Regardless of which kind of recycling you use, it is surely not a wasted effort.

 

 

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