Recycling Made Simple Essay

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Recycling, such a simple concept of making new from old, and yet most Americans don’t seem to grasp the concept. Why is this you ask? That is what I am going to find out. Recycle, the name itself nearly tells all. To recycle is to take old and make new from the old material. Glass, metal, and plastic can all be recycled by being melted down and remolded into something new. Paper can also be recycled, only the process is a bit different. When industries recycle paper they start by taking the old paper and mashing it into a pulp. The process is very similar to how they make new paper from wood; the biggest difference is the amount of bleach used. One of the biggest set backs for the recycling industry is the fact that not enough people…show more content…
The Waste Hierarchy, also know as the three R’s, is a plan often referenced to in the context of recycling. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, “The 3Rs are meant to be a hierarchy, in order of importance.”(Wikipedia). This plan has become the base of the EPA’s push to have recycling taken seriously for the past decade. The first, and most important ‘R’, is reduce. It is important to reduce the amount of byproducts that leave your home because it helps cut down on pollution caused by reprocessing the recyclable materials. The next ‘R’ is reuse. Things such as glass bottles can be washed out and reused in their current state. Thus it would be a waste to put a perfectly good glass bottle into a recycling bin. For recyclable byproducts that cannot be reused unless they are reprocessed, it is important to recycle. The next of the three R’s. Some byproducts can be recycled and used for an entirely different purpose. “Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal byproducts into more useful materials, or more narrowly to the rendering of whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow.”(Wikipedia). Rendering is a perfect example of recycling at it’s finest. When a carcass is rendered and processed, every part of it is reused and repurposed. The oils from cow carcasses are often used in the creation of cosmetics,

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