How Paper, Metal, Wood, Glass, and Plastics Are Recycled?

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How Paper, Metal, Wood, Glass, and Plastics Are Recycled?

When it comes to recycling, there are various guidelines that we should understand. Waste management companies and facilities like us, Green Mountains, conduct several recycling methods to make sure that our environment is clean and green. Different procedures regarding plastic waste recycling, glass waste recycling, and also for paper cardboard waste, metal waste, and wood recycling are done systematically to come up with solutions for waste reduction.

As a waste management company, we do our best to not only reduce the waste from our environment but also transform these products to become usable and functional. There are special facilities that take care of complex procedures in recycling and in this article, we will tell you how paper, metal, wood, and glass can be recycled – what happens after we throw them in the trash bin and what are the other uses that we can come up with this waste.

Paper

Paper can be recycled in numerous ways but there are some that cannot be recycled like dirty or greasy paper, napkins, thermal paper, and fax paper. Cardboard or boxes should be flattened before you recycle it, and for your paper-based materials at home, you can bring out your creativity and create new products out of it.

Metal

Mainly, aluminum or metal can generate electricity when recycled. Metal can be recycled in so many ways that there was actually a time that it cost more than gold. When recycling metal, moreover, it requires 95% less energy, thus, it is also energy-efficient.

Wood

The main reason for recycling wood is for compost and garden amendments. However, there are others who claim that wood can be burned for heat or energy. There are different types of wood waste namely yard waste, untreated wood, painted wood, and home goods. The painted wood that you see in your home can’t be burned because it contains lead that is harmful if inhaled. Moreover, if you have furniture or any other wood-based materials in your home that you still find useful, you can just revamp them into something else or into a new product or maybe you can just sell or donate it in a nearby thrift shop.

Glass

Recycled glasses are used to make new containers and glass makers or artists also use this material because of its aesthetic quality. Kitchen tiles, countertops, and wall insulation are all products of glass recycling method and at times, glass is also used for roads and concrete.

Plastic

Theoretically, plastics can be turned into energy. However, due to the extensive types of plastic, there is, it is sometimes difficult to segregate them. Each has different chemical and physical properties and mixing all of it together is not a good idea when recycling – making it one of the biggest problems in waste management. With that being said, this is the sole reason why we truly need to recycle them – and one solution is creating bioplastics which is said to be more eco-friendly than the other types of plastic. Another is textile insulation that came from PET bottles and thicker plastics are also turned into flower pots and plastic pipes. And if you have plastic containers at home, you can reuse them for other purposes, so not to add up to the plastics that fill up the garbage bin every day.

Indeed, recycling is a must – it can help stabilize the cleanliness of our environment and also, it is good because other products are made through recycling method.

 

Sources:

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/recycling.html

https://recyclenation.com/2014/04/recycle-wood/

http://operations.tufts.edu/tuftsrecycles/recycling-info/glass-metal-plastics/

http://vivbizclub.com/recycling-guide-plastic-glass-metal-paper-and-more/

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