Recycling at Home

Waste is something that everyone, to some degree, creates. What is classified as waste varies greatly, but anything that is thrown away is a form of waste, whether it's food or a discarded toy. Ultimately it is taken to a landfill, where it is piled with other garbage. As time passes, some garbage breaks down, but some of it can sit for years. Either way, waste can be a problem, as it can release gases that pollute the air, leach chemicals into the soil and ultimately the water supply, or just take up space. Some items are made of materials that can be used for other purposes or reused. When items are returned to a usable state, it's called recycling.

It's important that people understand what can be thrown away and what items should be recycled. Some items that people commonly associate with recycling are glass, aluminum, paper, and plastic; however, most forms of waste can be recycled in some way. When this happens, these items are often taken to a recycling facility that turns them into a new and usable product. People can recycle certain items by putting them in the proper receptacles or bins to be picked up curbside. Parents should make recycling a family practice and teach their children how to separate recyclables for pickup. Some items may be taken directly to recycling facilities in exchange for cash. People can even recycle food by composting certain items so that they become a nourishing substance for soil. Old or unwanted items that are made out of natural materials such as wood can be reused when not buried in landfills.

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Last Updated 10-16-2017