Recycling 101: All There Is to Know
There are many benefits to recycling. First, it's a cost-effective waste collection and disposal method. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste in landfills; saves energy; conserves natural resources like minerals, water and timber; protects ecosystems; reduces demand for raw materials; reduces climate-changing emissions and pollution etc. Generally, recycling isn't a complex process. In addition, several recycling centres exist, and you can always find the information you need from them. However, it's imperative to understand better what recycling is all about to ensure you do it correctly. This piece will guide you through some of the critical aspects of recycling.
Recycling Procedures May Vary with Location
Generally, recycling procedures are standard. However, different areas may have specific recycling requirements in some aspects. For instance, your area may have unique procedures on where to leave your recyclables, specific materials you can recycle and whether to separate your recyclables or not. Therefore, check with your local council to determine what your local area's recycling procedures entail.
Recyclables Can Be Collected in Different Ways
Knowing where to take your recyclables is also critical as it can save you time, costs and hassle. Generally, the primary techniques for collecting recyclables are kerbside collection, buy-back centres, drop-off centres and container deposit or refund schemes. Kerbside collection tends to be the most popular option because it's widely accessible. All you need to do is collect your recyclables in special bags collected by the kerbside. In most cases, you will be required to separate your recyclables from other household waste before you set them out for collection.
You can also decide to take your recyclables to a drop-off centre. You will need to 'drop' your recyclable materials in designated containers placed at central collection points with this method. It could be at a religious centre, school, parking lot etc. Generally, these designated containers are labelled to help you know where you should place your recyclables.
Do you wish to earn some money on your recyclables? Look for buy-back centres. As the name implies, these centres will compensate you for your recyclable materials. Usually, the value of your compensation may depend on the volume or type of recyclables you have. In addition, most of these centres will require you to sort out your recyclable materials. Cleaning your recyclables before dropping them off may also earn you more as it would be cheaper for the recycling companies to process them, so keep that in mind.
As for container deposit and refund schemes, you will pay a deposit (often included in the price) on a product when buying it. It will then be upon you to drop the empty container at designated locations to claim your refund. Failing to do this will often mean forfeiting the right to your refund.
Contact a recycling centre in your area to learn more.