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How to Recycle: A Detailed Look at Paper and Plastic Recycling

Paper and Plastic, when combined, constitute near about 40 percent of the garbage that an average American discards daily. The positive side of both is that Paper and Plastic can be recycled very easily. Instead of constantly adding to the landfills, both can contribute in positive ways to the environment, and the economy. This portion of the article will take you through the steps of recycling recyclables, Paper, and Plastic.

Related Article: Making the Environment for a Better Tomorrow

Paper Recycling: 

We need paper in our everyday lives. Much as the paper is a necessity, if not handled right, it can cause a substantial amount of pollution leading to an overall degradation of our environment. Thankfully papers are highly recyclable. When successfully recycled, the value of paper only increases, thereby solving several problems that arise with undue waste buildup. Let us quickly have a step by step look at how Paper can be recycled to add value to our everyday lives and retain its positive impact.

Steps to Recycle Paper: 

  • Put in the bin.
  • Taken to a recycling center.
  • Thorough sorting.
  • Stored in bales.
  • Transferred to the mill.
  • Processed.
  • Cut into pieces.
  • A mixture of paper, water, and chemicals dried. 
  • Broken down into fibers.
  • Pressed to remove adhesives and remaining contaminants.
  • Cleaned.
  • Rolled over.
  • Turned into new Paper Products.

Collection Facts:

  •   Single-Stream Collection: It lets you put all recyclables together in a single container. This type of collection makes the process less tough.
  •   Sorted-Stream Collection: Following this process will require the residents to separate the kinds of recyclables. You may have to put everything together, you may also have to put everything separately instead. In this case, remember to check regulations before disposing them at the recycle bin.

Plastic Recycling: 

The extremely popular and useful material Plastic requires careful handling. As we have progressed, the need for Plastic has only increased. This increase has often led to undue pollution, detrimental to the environment. There are many benefits of recycling plastic. Let us have a look at how Plastic can be recycled to add value to our everyday lives and retain its positive impact

Steps to Recycle Plastic

  • For them to be recycled, Plastics needs to be 
  • Sorted (Based on Polymer Type) 
  • Granulated
  • Washed and Rinsed
  • Melted
  • Pelletized
  • Turned into New Products

Related Article: Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth

The 2-stage Process

A two-stage process is always closely linked with Recycling Plastic, let us have a close look at it:

  • To be certain about the meticulous removal of all the contaminants, a manual sorting suits best. Hence, the sorting involved in plastic recycling is mostly manual, which largely contributes to the quality of manufacturing.
  • After proper cleaning and sorting, then the recycling plastics needs shredding or melting to produce pellets before. After following the above steps, through molding production of new items begins. 

For a more breathable atmosphere, knowing how to recycle both is essential. Once you start to recycle, you will be contributing to the overall development of our environment- Making Earth a better place to live in for yourself, and the people around you.

Kiara Dutta
Kiara Dutta comes from an Engineering background, with a specialization in Information Technology. She has a keen interest and expertise in Web Development, Data Analytics, and Research. She trusts in the process of growth through knowledge and hard work.

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