There’s a lot of waste in the world. When things start to pile up, we move them into dumps. When dumps get full, we create more dumps. Recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste in the world, which helps keep things cleaner, and hopefully, at some point, everything made will somehow be recyclable.
We haven’t reached that point yet, however, so we have to be conscious of the types of things that can be recycled. And there’s a lot of things we can look at.
Paper is one of those things that can be recycled. Add enough water to paper and it becomes pulp, which can then be mashed and mixed and turned into paper again. The paper comes out a little bit different, but it’s still usable.
Glass is also reusable. Glass can be reheated and melted and used again. Glass is one of the cleaner reusable objects because it returns to its pure form and can be used over and over again.
Metal can be recycled as well, but different metals go to different places. For instance, tin cans can go to a regular recycling plant, but heavy metals such as refrigerators and metal cabinets will have to go to smelting centers. Things such as refrigerators, by the way, aren’t totally recyclable, because certain parts have chemicals running through them that need to be disposed of safely, and if the metals have been corroded it’s really not safe to recycle them.
It’s best if you can separate recyclable material from your regular garbage. It makes it easier to separate later on. In some areas, garbage isn’t sorted, and no one goes through it to see what might have been recyclable or not. That wastes resources that could be used again. All it takes is a little bit of effort to help make the world a cleaner place to live.
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