It is a well understood fact that the production of waste cannot be stopped altogether. However, the amount of waste produced everyday can be reduced, and a huge portion of the daily wastes can be easily recycled. There are many items in your household which can be recycled and thus a more eco-friendly and healthier lifestyle can be adopted.
i. Aluminum is completely recyclable and helps to save energy. Note that recycling aluminum reduces the need to mine for more ore to create brand-new aluminum. Recycling aluminum cans requires 95% less energy than what is needed to create new ones. For a ton of aluminum about four tons of aluminum is required and the energy required to produce one new can produce twenty recycled ones.
ii. Almost all electrical appliances you use has some part or the other fashioned out of steel. Steel is a recyclable material. Recycling steel needs 60% less energy than what is needed to produce new steel. Moreover, recycling steel saves tons of iron ore, coal and limestone all of which are needed to produce new steel and are non-renewable sources.
iii. HDPE plastic refers to High-Density Polyethylene. It is denser than other forms of plastic and is thus used to packet bleach, shampoo, milk jugs, etc. HDPE plastic bottles can be numbered from 1 to 7. 1 and 2 are easily recyclable anywhere; while 3 to 7 are recycled only in certain places. When you are giving these bottles for recycling, make sure they are squeaky clean so that there are no chances of leftover dirt or food particles contaminating the process.
iv. Glass is one of the most recycled materials. Recycling glass is 33% more energy efficient than creating new glass. There is no down-cycling involved in recycling glass.
v. PET plastic bottles mostly clog up the land-fills. Single serving bottles should not be bought in the first place. Even if they are bought, they should be recycled after use. It has to be noted that creating plastic out of recycled materials is more than 60% more energy efficient than creating plastic from new resources.
vi. Everyone knows that paper can be recycled. Paper consists more than 30% (on average) of the waste stream in modernized nations. Recycling paper conserves resources and energy – which can otherwise be drained by manufacturing brand new paper.
vii. Infused with toxic, hazardous materials, mobiles not only pollute air and groundwater but also clog landfills if not recycled. Fortunately, mobile phones can be recycled. You just need to get in touch with the government approved electronic recyclers who will be more than happy to take your old phones and recycle them.