What is Recycling?

Find out what is recycling and why you should recycle unwanted itemsOver the past few years, more and more people have started to wake up to the idea of recycling. Whilst many of us would like to think that it is down to our love of the environment, most people do it for purely selfish reasons.

For example, in the United Kingdom, you can expect some rather hefty fines from your dustmen if they see that you are not recycling as much as you should do.

In Sweden, if you do not recycle then you are throwing away cash as many products that you purchase will have an extra fee added to them which you will only get back if you recycle that product. I think part of the reason as to why people do this is not through selfishness. It is down to the fact that there are plenty of people out there telling us that we should recycle, but very few people are telling us why we should recycle. That is what SecondHand4Business.com want to change on this page.

We are first going to take a little look at what recycling is all about, followed by a bit of information on why you need to look into it. Trust me, by the end of this, if you are not recycling then you will be doing so soon.

The Idea of Recycling

There are many websites out there which attempt to dress up the idea of recycling. You will be surprised at the long descriptions I have read online. The idea of recycling is not that complex though. It is simply the production of a new product from something which has been thrown away.

For example, old and used pieces of paper can be used in the production of new pieces of paper. This means that there is a reduction in the new raw materials which are needed to produce some more paper. In some cases it may also mean that parts of electrical devices are taken out, refurbished, and then resold.

You will be surprised at how many components in your mobile phone will be useful in the production of a new mobile telephone. If you see products labelled as ‘refurbished’ then they are technically recycled. In short; recycling is the process of turning something old into something new and usable. This of course has a number of different benefits, and it is those benefits that I wish to take a little look at now. Read here about benefits of recycling

More in details:
Textile recycling: is it worth it?
The most common recycling process: paper recycling
How glass is recycled
What happens when plastic is recycled?