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Report on Recycling Introduction Recycling is the reprocessing of materials into new products. The term recycling does not generally include reuse, in which existing items are used for a new purpose. Recycling generally prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and hence greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling is a key concept of modern waste management and is the third component of the waste hierarchy. Recyclable materials, also called "recyclables", may originate from a wide range of sources including the home and industry. They include glass, paper, aluminium, asphalt, iron, textiles and plastics. Biodegradable waste, such as food waste or garden waste, is also recyclable with the assistance of micro-organisms through composting or anaerobic digestion. These are the materials that can be recycled. An average Briton uses about two trees worth of paper products in a year. Out of 6.6 million tonnes of paper dumped each year only 3% is recycled. The biggest problem with recycling paper is removing ink from it. Up until now, recycled paper has been used for newsprint, packaging and tissues. New technology means it can now be used to make high quality writing paper. ...read more.


� Glass is not biodegradable, so the glass that we throw away will last forever, using up valuable space. What can we recycle? Nearly everything we use can be recycled: Food and garden waste Instead of sending food and garden waste to landfill sites where it goes smelly and makes the dangerous gas methane, turn it into compost for your garden! Glass Glass is 100% recyclable. It can be re-melted and re-used over and over again. Plastic bottles Most plastics can be recycled, look for the recycle symbol. Paper and cardboard Recycling paper and cardboard saves trees! Most newspapers are made with at least 50% recycled paper. Drinks cans Food and drink cans are either made of aluminium or steel. Both types can be recycled. Textiles Clothes, sheets, blankets and shoes can all be recycled. Materials can be shredded and the fibres made into new fabrics. At the moment, in the UK we only recycle around 12% of our household rubbish. Aluminium � Aluminium is valuable. The recyclable aluminium in the UK is worth �40 million. � A recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours. Glass � 14 million glass bottles and jars are thrown away every day in England and Wales. ...read more.


From this point, the pulp is treated just the same as if it had been freshly made from wood chips rather than recycled. 5* At the end of the recycling process, a new paper product has been produced from material that might otherwise have been dumped in a landfill. Recycling is an important way for consumers and papermakers to work together for a cleaner environment. Domestic waste contains a mixture of materials, with typical composition by weight in the United Kingdom at present being 33.2 per cent paper. How can you help in Recycling? You can help by presorting your household waste, by separating newspapers, for example, from magazines. It is also important to keep the paper out of rain and sunlight, because exposure to the elements makes it harder to remove the ink from the paper.Most synthetic plastics are not environmentally degradable; unlike paper, they do not rot or otherwise break down over time. (Some degradable plastics have been developed, but none has proved compatible with the conditions required for most waste landfills.) Thus, there is an environmental problem associated with the disposal of plastics. Recycling has emerged as the most practical method to deal with this problem. So why don't you try to decrease the use of plastics? Use paper products instead, like paper bags for example. ...read more.

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