The concept of how recycling works is pretty simple, essentially it involves taking something old and useless and turning it into something new and useful.
On a small scale recycling involves simply turning something into something else, for example, the creation of a child’s craft set using old lollipop sticks or magazine holders being made out of old cereal boxes. Animal centres and Zoos are always recycling old bottles and boxes for use in enrichment programmes.
Larger scale recycling is where it gets really interesting and much more important. It involves taking and collecting consumer good from all around the world , either from bins, local collection points or large recycling centres. Once the products are collected they are converted into raw materials and remade. It is very rare that a new product will be the exact same as the old one.
Recycling has been practised for thousands of years now thought how it works has definitely changed over time. for years before the industrial age took over, everyone had to recycle their own products as consumerism wasn’t at the all time high it is today. In these times a lot of recycling took place on a small scale within the home.
It wasn’t until the environmental movement began in the 60s, and then went global and insane from Earth day in the 70s when it all kicked off and recycling became a national and global concern. The main reason behind recycling is to protect our environment, however it also benefits out economy, in not having to produce tonnes of new products every year.
Recycling helps us reduce the amount of garbage going into our landfills, it takes less energy than creating brand new products and it can even make a lot of money being turned into modern concept art. So Recycling is saving our planet and everyone should be as enthusiastic about it as we are.