Popular Recycling Programs

As more and more people become concerned about the environment, they are now actively advocating for the need to conserve and wisely use our precious natural resources.  Recycling is one of the most popular conservations programs.  Recycling involves the reprocessing and reusing of old unwanted materials.  The unused items are collected and turned into new reusable products.  There are many materials which can be recycled.

Items such as metal, glass, plastic, aluminum, textiles, paper and electronics can be recycled.Additionally,  organic wastes can be composted and made into fertilizer.  Rubber tires can be shredded and turned into insulation, erosion barriers, door mats and other unique products.

Recycling and waste recovery programs take different forms in the United States and other countries around the world.  The United States recycles only as much as thirty percent of its solid waste.   European countries like Sweden, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, however, have recycling rates as high as sixty percent.

Here is a look at some of the most popular recycling programs:

Drop-off centers for recyclables – A drop-off center is a central location established to accept different types of recyclable materials.  Even if a town has curbside pick-up for recyclables some consumers may prefer to transport their used materials to a drop-off center.  This is especially true if they have hazardous or toxic materials at home and do not know how to either safely store these materials or safely dispose of them.

Curbside pick-up – In a curbside recyclable pick-up program specially fitted trucks roam the streets just like the garbage trucks and pick up the materials to be recycled.  Some areas may still require recycled materials to be sorted before discarding.  Other areas allow all recycled materials, with the exception of yard waste, to be disposed of together.

Refund or deposit programs – This program is popular in the United States in some areas.  Buyers of canned or bottled beverages pay a deposit for these items when they are purchased.  The consumer may return the empty can or bottle to a collection facility and redeem the deposit amount which usually ranges from one to five cents per can or bottle.

Buy-back centers – These types of recycling centers operate in the same way as the drop-off centers.  However, these centers pay the person recycling the item a price based on the market value of the item or usable material in the item.

Recycling provides a wide range of economic and environmental benefits.  Recycling may help save millions of dollars for the city or municipal budgets.  This savings results because there is less demand for landfills or new garbage collection trucks.  Sale of recycled materials can generate income for the municipalities and can generate jobs for individuals.  A wide array of used consumer products can be collected and repurposed into raw materials which is remade into new items to be used by the consumer.  By reusing recycled materials we save some of our precious natural resources.

Recycling generates considerable savings for both manufacturers and consumers.  It will significantly reduce the volume of trash disposed of in our landfills.