RECYCLE




RECYCLE, REUSE, REDUCE




RECYCLING:

Recycling is the reprocessing of
those used materials that would
otherwise become waste in order
to break them down and remake
them into new products.



REUSE:

Reuse is the putting of an item
to another use after its original
function has been fulfilled.


There are two types
of re-use possible:


1. Conventional reuse:

where the product is used a number
of times for the same function before
becoming obsolete or unusable.


2. New life reuse:

Where a new use is found for the item
Reuse has certain potential advantages
which can be summarised:

Energy and raw materials savings:

Replacing many single trip products
with one re-usable one reduces the
need for manufacture of new products.


3. Reduced disposal needs and costs.

Cost savings for business and consumers
as reusable products need less frequent
replacement than single trip products.

Present new market opportunities,
e.g. refillable products.


Disadvantages:

They require an infrastructure
including transport, which may lead
to environmental costs.

Practical difficulties in
collecting and cleaning.

Increased materials use, have
to produce more durable products.

Reduced market opportunities
for disposable products.



Waste management:

The collection,
transport,
processing (waste treatment),
recycling or disposal of waste
materials, usually ones produced
by human activity, in an effort
to reduce their effect on human
health or local aesthetics or
amenity.
A subfocus in recent decades has
been to reduce waste materials'
effect on the natural world and
the environment and to recover
resources from them.

Waste management can involve solid,
liquid or gaseous with the different
methods and the fields of expertise
for each.

The process of extracting resources
or value from waste is variously
referred to as secondary resource
recovery, recycling, and other terms.


ANAEROBIC DIGESTION:

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the process
of the breakdown of organic matter by
anaerobic organisms in environments
lacking oxygen.
Anaerobic digesters use the natural
process of anaerobic digestion to
treat waste, produce renewable energy
or both.


MECHANICAL
BIOLOGICAL
TREATMENT:


Mechanical biological treatment are
able to sort the recyclable elements
of the waste out before biological
treatment by either:


COMPOSTING:

Compost is the decomposed remnants
of organic materials (those with
plant and animal origins).
Compost is used in gardening and
agriculture as a soil amendment,
and commercially by the landscaping
and container nursery industries.
It is also used for erosion control,
land/stream reclamation, wetland
construction, and as landfill cover.


ANAEROBIC DIGESTION:

This system breaks down manure solids
through biological fermentation in an
oxygen-free environment to produce
biogas.


BIODRYING:

This composting process uses the heat
generated in aerobic decomposition of
manure to dry a manure/compost mix with
forced air.
Ideally, dry compost is recycled as the
amendment to create the manure/compost
mix.




RELATED
SUBJECTS




Environmental science
Environmental technology
Energy conservation
Hydrogen technologies
Renewable energy
Remediation
Solid waste treatment
Waste water treatment
Water purification
Waste management.




Recyclable materials, also called
"recyclables" or "recyclates", may
originate from a wide range of
sources including the home and
industry.



They include:
glass,
paper,
aluminium,
asphalt,
iron,
textiles,
plastics.



Biodegradable waste, such as food waste
or garden waste, is also recyclable with
the assistance of micro-organisms through
composting or anaerobic digestion.




Benefits;
Recycling is beneficial in two ways:
it reduces the inputs:
(energy and raw materials)
to a production system,

reduces the amount of waste
produced for disposal.

Some materials like aluminium can be
recycled indefinitely as there is no
change to the materials.

Other recycled materials like paper
require a percentage of raw materials
(wood fibers) to be added to compensate
for the degradation of existing fibers.

Since the materials being processed are
purer, less energy is needed to process
them and less energy is needed to
transport from the place of extraction
(e.g. bauxite/aluminium ore mines in
Brazil or coniferous forests in
Scandinavia).


This reduces the
environmental, social,
and usually the
economic costs of
manufacturing.

The desired order
for environmental
sustainability is:

Reduce,

Reuse,

Recycle.



Recycling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling



RECYCLING
LINKS




Art from Junk: Recycled Craft Ideas
http://oldjunkcar.com/art-junk-recycled-craft-ideas/

Apple Environment Recycle Program
http://www.apple.com/

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)
http://www.bir.org/

Choose Environmental Excellence Gateway Region
http://www.ceegr.org/

Computer Recycling Center
http://www.crc.org/

Earth 911
http://www.Earth911.org/

EIA Environment
http://www.eiae.org/

Environmental Expert.com.
http://www.environmental-expert.com/

EPA
http://www.epa.gov/



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FedCenter
http://www.fedcenter.gov/

Freecycle
http://www.freecycle.org/

Funding Factory
http://www.fundingfactory.com/

Global Recycling Network
http://www.grn.com/

KIDS RECYCLE
http://www.kidsrecycle.org/

ILSR
http://www.ilsr.org/

Lets Recycle
http://www.letsrecycle.com/

National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association
http://www.nowra.org/



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National Recycling Coalition
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/

Ollie's World
http://www.olliesworld.com/

Planet pals
http://www.planetpals.com/

Recycle City
http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/

Recycle-more
http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/

Recycle.Net
http://www.recycle.net/

RECYCLE-MORE
http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/

Recycle now
http://www.recyclenow.com/



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Recycler's Exchange
http://www.recycle.net/

Recycle Your Toner Printer Cartridges
http://www.quikshiptoner.com/catalog/Recycle_Your_Toner_Printer_Cartridges

Recycle Zone
http://www.recyclezone.org.uk/

Recycling Basics
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics

The Recycling Consortium
http://www.recyclingconsortium.org.uk/

Recycling and Composting Online
http://www.recycle.cc/

Recycling guide
http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/

A Recycling Revolution
http://www.recycling-revolution.com/

Resource Recycling
http://www.resource-recycling.com/

TechSoup
http://www.techsoup.org/

US Composting Council
http://compostingcouncil.org/index.cfm

World Environmental Organization
http://www.world.org/



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