The Process Of Recycling Essay

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The Process Of Recycling

Recycling was first thought of in 1776 during the war of Independence from England. Americans recycled scrap metals to help fight the war. But it wasn?t until 1895 when the first residential waste program in the U.S. was invented in New York. The chemistry behind recycling is the idea that 'everything circulates'. For instance, if you saved a box of cereal and put it into your recycling bin, that box of cereal can be made into a package of papers, or a newspaper, or a tissue box, and the possibilities are endless. Common household items that are recycled are newspapers and paper towels, aluminum, plastic, glass soft drink containers, steel cans, and plastic laundry detergent bottles.

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One way of testing the recycling process is to make sure the recycled environmental testing solvents will be as pure as the new solvent. Contaminating solvents and analytes are removed in the solvent recycling process.

However there are a few problems with the recycling process. One is that it takes too long to sort and dump the items, and this usually means a loss of finances somewhere because someone has to be paid for all the time it takes to sort the items. A second problem is that in order to recycle items, they must be dry. Paper cannot get wet because people will not want to deal with it. Also, people will be less likely to dump aluminum cans that still have liquid in them. Finally, a third problem with recycling is that there needs to be a convenient location for the recycling bins, as well as recycling dumpsters, the space taken up could mean less parking spaces.

In the future recycling will improve by reducing even more waste by increasing use of lighter gauge materials, which offer significant energy and cost saving with no sacrifice or strength or performance.

Sources http://www.taormina.com/mrfrcyhis.html http://www.recover.com/mat_recyc_proc.html http://www.afn.org/~afn21661/Problems.htm http://www.brinstrument.com/fractional-distillation/enviro-solvent-recycling.html
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