Internal and External Recycling
Recycling is the recovery and reprocessing of used materials to create new products. Recycling diverts materials from landfills or incinerators that can be used to produce new products, and avoid exploiting virgin resources where recycled materials can be substituted.
The term internal recycling (pre-consumer) refers to the reuse of scrap in a manufacturing process. Industries have found that savings can sometimes be considerable in manufacturing and materials costs when they implement these recycling programs.
As individuals anytime we recycle we participate in what is called external recycling (post consumer). External recycling is the reclaiming of materials from a product that has been used and thrown away; for example, the collection of old newspapers, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles to use them to process new products.
How are Recycled Materials Collected?
The three main methods of collecting the materials for external recycling are:
1. Buyback centers that purchase waste materials brought in by consumers;
2. Drop off centers, where consumers can deposit waste materials but are not paid for them;
3. Curbside collection, in which homes and businesses sort their waste materials and deposit them by the curb for collection by a central agency or private company.
Most items that we use every day are made of materials that can be used over and over again. Some of them like containers, we can reuse ourselves, and others can be separated for recycling.
How to Start Recycling at Home
If there is the will, recycling at home is very simple to implement. First, find suitable containers for recyclables and place them in key places. The best location for recycling bins is near your traditional trash can. At first it may feel like an additional investment of time, but soon it will become part of the daily routine. Once you get used to it, it’s completely effortless.
Some areas may not have the facilities for recycling but the best we can do for the environment is to educate people. Enough awareness in people will make them request their leaders to implement the necessary changes.