A Directory of Paper Recycling Resources PDF, Recycling is a dynamic process that restores the life cycle of a material. The iconic recycling symbol has 3 chasing arrows. Each arrow represents one step in the three-step process that completes the recycling loop.
A Directory of Paper Recycling Resources
The first step is the collection. Materials are taken from the curbside or drop-off center.
The second step is the processing and marketing of recycled materials. Materials are sorted and then sold.
The third step is manufacturing. The recyclables are converted into new products and take on a new life as consumer goods.
The fourth step is the consumer purchase of products made from recycled material.
This chapter will cover step one, the collection process; step two, the processing and marketing; and step three, manufacturing. It includes what materials are recyclable and how different recyclable materials are processed into new products and, finally, the benefits of recycling.
The Recycling Circle
Typically, raw materials are manufactured into products for consumption. Leftovers are then thrown away. This linear process, from the extraction of raw materials, to production, then consumption and disposal, has created a waste crisis.
To decrease this one-way flow of resources to overburdened waste disposal facilities, materials no longer needed or wanted can be remanufactured. These different life cycles are illustrated in Figure IV-1. The decision is the consumers.
After using an item to its fullest extent, the remains may be sent to the Coffin Butte Landfill or separated so that they may be collected, processed, and made into new products. The circle is complete when a consumer purchases items made from or packaged in, recycled materials.
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