November 05, 2011

Recycle

It's time to get rid of my old subscribed magazines such as Shapes, Parents and Better Homes to give room to our new purchased and inherited books. I kept these magazines for 3 years because from time to time, I read them. So, I thought of keeping a year copies of them except for Shape which I stopped subscribing because it didn't help me to get back in shape, lol! Our stuff for recycling are collected every week and this is the nice thing here in USA because in the Philippines we do it on our own initiative. We separate the plastic container, bottles and papers/cardboard and then bring them to the junk shop and sell them. The effort and time given to segregation, storage and means to deliver/bring it to the junk shop are the factors that hard to manage. If all people would just realize that dumping garbage/trash without segregating recyclable things would cause hazardous materials be combined in the dumping site and it would seep into the soil or even into the groundwater that will result into contamination. I thought of including here the steps in recycling extracted from www.epa.gov which I summarized as follows:
Step 1. Collection and Processing
Collecting recyclables varies from community to community, but there are four primary methods: curbside, drop-off centers, buy-back centers, and deposit/refund programs. Recyclables are sent to a materials recovery facility to be sorted and prepared into marketable commodities for manufacturing. Recyclables are bought and sold just like any other commodity, and prices for the materials change and fluctuate with the market.
Step 2. Manufacturing
Once cleaned and separated, the recyclables are ready to undergo the second part of the recycling loop. More and more of today’s products are being manufactured with total or partial recycled content. Common household items that contain recycled materials include newspapers and paper towels; aluminum, plastic, and glass soft drink containers; steel cans; and plastic laundry detergent bottles.
Step 3. Purchasing Recycled Products
Purchasing recycled products completes the recycling loop. By "buying recycled," governments, as well as businesses and individual consumers, each play an important role in making the recycling process a success. As consumers demand more environmentally sound products, manufacturers will continue to meet that demand by producing high-quality recycled products.
To end this post, I thought of sharing this photo of a desktop computer housing transformed into a grill, what a useful recycling idea.

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