Day 4. - Recycle...Turn it into another product!
Summary: There can be no such thing as trash; it is either re-usable material or a waste product that can be recycled. Read More
As anyone who has attempted to regularly recycle without an active curbside program can attest, recycling is not currently convenient.
The cost of raw materials across the world is on the rise. In the long-run, it costs more to replace a recyclable product than to recover the raw materials. The recycling process as we know it began during the last 30 years or so, and its future is promising. As an example, consider the world's largest ships that are the length of 2-3 football fields and as tall as 15 stories. Eventually they are put to rest, often coming to the beaches of Bangladesh as a final resting place...or so you would think. But instead of decaying, the ships are stripped down and over 95% of the materials are recycled. Almost all materials can and should be recycled and not made into waste or trash. One manís trash literally is anotherís treasure.
American Heritage defines recycling as: "To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment". Even banana peels, apple cores and other organics can be recycled through composting. Every household, living complex and business should have some type of recycling program, which may be as simple as setting aside a separate container for recyclables and put it on the curb alongside your trash. Building owners and associations need to address ways to make it easier for tenants to comply by implementing easy to follow programs.
Buying products that contain the highest amount of recycled materials helps to close the loop and will ensure that the recycling process is profitable enough to be sustained...so it is imperative that all new purchases contain as much recycled material as possible.