Monday 13 July 2015
Recycling has been part of our daily lives for several years now. For most of us, recycling is an obvious choice, but for others, the real impact on the environment remains unclear. However, up to 85 % of residual materials can be reused, recycled or repurposed. Citizens must be made aware of the benefits of recycling, because they represent the first link in this chain.
The main effect that recycling has on the environment is that it significantly lowers pollution caused by waste going to landfills. By efficiently sorting our waste, we are actively contributing to sustainable development.
Once the materials have been collected, a surprising quantity of products can be made out of them. So, instead of using natural resources to make new products, we use materials that come from our waste in the production phase.
Here are a few examples for each category of product:
From thin paper, we can produce 100% recycled toilet paper, flat and corrugated cardboard and paper for domestic use, such as white paper.
Newspaper can be used to make containers from molded pulp, such as egg cartons, animal litter, flat paperboard for food casing and new newspaper.
Recyclable cardboard is used to make corrugated cardboard boxes and certain construction materials.
Plastics can be transformed into shopping bags and garbage bags, garden furniture and toys, as well as a multitude of other products.
Finally, recyclable aluminum is used to make cans, foil wrappers and auto parts.