Recycling is collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. It can benefit your community and the environment and as an environmentally friendly activity that helps to reduce waste disposal requirements and which promotes the goal of resource sustainability.
Now let us learn about the other Rs:
The main 3Rs implicated in the environment are reduced, reuse, and recycle.
Reduce: It means one should use resources or substances only when it is absolutely required and should avoid any sort of waste generation. For example–Switch off the lights and fans when not in use. Simple, isn’t it? By this, you can reduce the wastage of electricity.
Recycle: Recycling helps to transform a waste item into a new one, it means we should collect discarded items of paper, plastic, glass, etc. and send them to any organization, industry, etc., so that can make fresh paper, and plastic, glass or metal objects from them.
Reuse: It means we should try to use the same things repeatedly rather than throwing them after a single-use. For example, plastic and glass jars can be used later for storing items like salt, sugar, etc.
Refuse: It means refusing a certain amount of waste production personally or for your business. It focuses on minimizing waste production by refusing to use materials such as single-use plastics and non-recyclable products in the first place and avoids taking product packaging that’s unnecessary. Switching to more sustainable living and wiser buying decisions at the beginning of the waste management process will make refusing unnecessary waste much easier.
Repurpose: Repurposing involves taking items that were meant for one purpose to be used for other ones. It can also be known as upcycling in the green or environmental field. For every item that you can’t refuse, reduced, or reused, always try to repurpose it.
We can make a difference when we go for smart environmental choices to become a habit. Doing the right thing for the earth and environment can even have immediate personal benefits.
WHAT IS MUNICIPAL WASTE?
Municipal waste or waste from our daily lives is outlined as waste collected and treated by or for municipalities. It covers waste from households, together with enormous waste, similar waste from trade, workplace, buildings, establishments, and little businesses, besides the yard and garden waste, street sweepings, the contents of litter containers, and household waste.
Even though the most common types of waste found in our municipal waste are organic and Dry waste. But there are still different types of waste produced in the environment from various sorts of activities.