Recycling

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Recycling

Recycling

15.07.2014
Recycling is a process whose objective is to change residues or waste into new products, allowing the consumption of new raw materials, energy use and contamination to be reduced.
 
Both in homes and in businesses, recycling is a good habit that, done correctly, helps to save energy, reuse raw materials and facilitate the trash collection and elimination process.
 
Discover what each symbol means, how to recycle correctly, and some interesting facts about the practice of recycling.
 
 
A symbol, a meaning
 
Recycling was symbolised for the first time in 1970, in the hands of Gary Anderson.  This symbol was a Möbius ring in the form of a triangle and it resulted in Anderson winning a contest sponsored by the Container Corporation of America. This first symbol made reference to reuse, reduce and recycle, and to the fact that the materials used to make a product can be recycled.
 
Other symbols related to recycling are the following:
 
 
  • PET or PETE: are acronyms that make reference to bottles manufactured with polyethylene terephthalate. These bottles tend to contain liquid or drinks.
  • HDPE: Means high density polyethylene and is used in home cleaning products or industrial chemicals or trash bags.
  • V or PC: means vinyl or polyvinyl chloride and is used for detergent and shampoo bottles and even windows and construction materials, due to its high endurance and durability.
  • LDPE: this acronym refers to low-density polyethylene This plastic is characterised by being strong and transparent. It's used in decorative objects, furniture, frozen food bags and even in rugs.
  • PP: polypropylene, highly heat resistant and thus used in medical containers, yoghurt, tomato jars, lids and some kitchen containers.
  • PS: this acronym refers to polystyrene and it is found in disposable plates and cups, egg cartons and food trays, among other packaging.
  • Other: this category includes different types of hard-to-recycle plastics. They are used to manufacture bullet-proof materials, DVDs, sun glasses, MP3 and PCs.
 
 
The Importance of Recycling Correctly
 
There is currently greater awareness of recycling in both the home and work environments. However, many times it's not done correctly.
 
Separating waste and trash properly means that recycling companies can later process these materials again, such that the different types of raw material obtained and separated in the recycling process will be used to elaborate a new object.
 
The positive effects are not only for the environment. Recycling has become a sector with an increasing capacity for employment creation. Recycling businesses form an important part of our productive economy; normally these are not-for-profit businesses.
 
The agents that intervene in the recycling cycle are consumers, waste collection businesses and recycling businesses. The cycle begins when the consumer separates trash and places it in the correct container. Next, waste collection tasks begin. These are divided among 20,000 small and medium businesses. Lastly, the recycling businesses come into the picture. They carry out the tasks of recycling and treatment of very diverse types of waste: bottles, glass, medicines (it's very important that medicine not be mixed with other organic residues, which contaminates the environment), batteries and household accumulators, lamps and light bulbs and electrical appliances, among others.
 

Far beyond recycling...  the power of creativity.
 
On occasions, we ask how we can be creative and original while collaborating with the environment and saving money. Well, here we'll give you some ideas that we're sure will be of interest.

Have you ever thought about making your own lamp? What is the lamp is made of some material that you want to recycle?  Don't miss this lamp made with plastic bags. With this method, you have not only a very unique decorative object: you'll also help to recycle one of the products that most contaminates the environment. Manufacturing and later getting rid of plastic bags in Spain entails the emission of 440,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Spain currently uses around 16,500 million plastic bags and only 10% are recycled. A plastic bag takes 150 years to disintegrate. After reading that, you're probably thinking about using other types of ecological and biodegradable bags, such as potato starch bags for trash or raffia bags for groceries
 
Your children can have fun making their own toys with recycled material, at the same time as they entertain themselves. Cars made with cardboard boxes, ghosts with medicine blister pack eyes, and bags or jars for pencils made with recycled containers, are some of the things you can make. Surely this gets your imagination going and you'll think of many more neat things to do.
 
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