All plastics are recyclable, but not all are recycled. Although it is sometimes confused, it is not the same recyclable as recycled. Recyclable are objects whose material can be reconditioned to make another object.
To be able to speak of a recycled object, it is necessary that it has been produced from the raw material of another, already used in its day. For example, a sheet of paper is made from recyclable material but if we use it in the process of making a carton, that carton is recycled.
The decision to recycle, in most cases, depends on an economic criterion, i. e. whether it is profitable to carry out this recovery process or not.For example, metals, in general, are highly valued in any quantity for their sales value in metal recycling centers; but plastic, on the contrary, has no value in itself if it is not used in large quantities. Hence the lack of initiative in collecting them for subsequent sale.
Benefits of recycling
- Reduce energy consumption derived from the extraction, transport and production of new raw materials, which leads to a significant reduction in the use of energy required to carry out these processes.
- Reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, and thus, reduce air pollution. It must be taken into account that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cardiovascular and respiratory health of people is better the lower the level of this type of contamination is.
- Stop the exploitation of raw materials and, consequently, conserve the natural environment. This is especially visible in areas such as the Amazon where the preservation of the Amazon forest is vital. Create jobs in the recycling sector for any type of material for all types of professional profiles.
To preserve the environment it is important that consumers and plastic manufacturers understand that sustainability is linked to the increased use of recycled raw materials (from the recycling of products).
Likewise, being environmentally responsible starts with the choice of buying one product or another. Consuming single-use plastics, in itself, is an environmentally unfriendly action. On the contrary, the continuous reuse of objects and their recycling within the domestic life, is the best way to contribute to sustainability.
Recycling Cycle: REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE
- Consumers reuse plastic objects to make their own products.
- Consumers deposit plastic waste in containers.
- The waste is collected and sorted by waste companies.
- Waste companies supply plastic waste to recyclers.
- Plastic waste becomes raw material.
- This raw material can be used to create all kinds of chemicals and plastic products.