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Sorting and Recycling

The more technologically advanced and complex a product is, the more and different raw materials are required to manufacture it, and thus the proportion of raw material ends up in the final product.

Everything that goes unsorted in our garbage can ends up in nature in some way. Waste is either incinerated or decomposed in landfills over time, releasing various types of material or decomposing almost nothing and accumulating in large quantities. Sorting and recycling are thus critical in preventing raw materials from becoming a pollutant.

What is recyclable?

The vast majority of what we use on a daily basis is recyclable. If there is one thing that cannot be recycled, it is chewing gum, a sponge, or disposable diapers. Wood, plastic, glass, and paper retain their properties even after we no longer use them, and metals can be recycled numerous times without losing their value. Paper is also excellent for recycling, but it can only be recycled four to seven times before losing quality.

Some of the products we use contain hazardous substances, and this class of substances and products is referred to as hazardous substances. It is simply illegal to bury or burn such items, so they must be sorted and returned for recycling. Batteries, oil paints, turpentine, tarless, medicines, and other items fall into this category.

How do I begin sorting?

There is no best way, but everyone should set up the facilities that are best for them and their home. We have a tendency to overcomplicate things, but it usually does not take much change in our homes to make room for sorting. This does not have to be more complicated than hanging a bag behind a door or inside a cupboard for the plastic and placing the paper in a box or reusable bag with a bottom. The same is true for other types of waste.

Let’s forget about the classification and just get started. We are making a huge mistake by burying all of these valuable raw materials. When we remove paper and plastic, for example, we immediately notice a significant reduction in the amount of waste that goes to landfills, and we feel much better knowing that we are contributing.

Municipalities handle waste management for their residents, so it’s worth looking into what services they provide. If we want the sorted waste picked up at our house, we can also purchase services from a private party. It is also very simple to simply dump our sorted waste at nearby or recycling centres, but there are only 80 of them in the capital area, making them easily accessible.

The same is true for businesses.

Everyone should sort their waste, but businesses should hire a private party to collect it or take it with them.

Because it is a commodity, garbage collection for sorted waste is usually less expensive.

In this example, we can see that getting the savings bin and, for example, the Green Barrel for plastic is less expensive than having only one barrel for general waste. You can then take the paper to a nearby radio station.

Private companies, such as Kollect, can also provide a recycling bin.

Waste is not waste unless it is separated.

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