What is the point of recycling? What does it do for us? Why are we constantly being urged to do it? In general terms, recycling is finding a new use for previously used materials so as to prevent waste and lower the need to consume new raw goods.
The idea is to also reduce power consumption, water pollution, air pollution, and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thus apart from the direct benefits to an individual like reducing his or her costs and preserving cash, there is a bigger benefit to civilization as a whole.
In other words, if enough people are serious with regards to recycling, the impact on mankind can be enormously powerful. Almost all materials can be recycled somehow. Upcycling and recycling, both of these terms used interchangeably. But there is a distinction between them. Upcycling is more eco-friendly than recycling.
This incorporates many types of glass, paper, electronic devices, metals, plastics and so forth. Although talking about what is recycling in the strictest definition means producing a fresh supply of the same material, in actuality it is a little different. This is due to the costs in most cases that would not be practical in the vast majority of occasions.
And so what happens is that recycling more often than not means reusing material for a slightly different purpose than that material was originally planned for. For instance, recycled office paper may be recycled to produce paperboard.
An additional form of recycling is when valuable components are salvaged from used products. For example, lead being attained from dead car batteries or copper from discarded electrical wiring.
As more and more awareness is raised, and new generations are born into a world where recycling is just a way of life, we find real hope that we can end the overconsumption of our precious resources.