We all know that the planet’s current situation is quite critical, that the pollution of seas, rivers, and forests is the order of the day, that we are depleting natural resources, and that climate change is becoming more noticeable.
But…. What if you could do something about it? What if this was free and simple? The answer to these questions is YES, YOU CAN. It’s called RECYCLING and betting on the circular economy.
Why recycling is important is clear, but what is recycling? How to learn to recycle what you don’t use and how to recycle technology, phones, and other everyday items are questions we will solve today in this post.
What does it mean to recycle what you don’t use?
Recycling is separating, collecting, and converting used or waste products into new products.
But the most important thing is its reason for being: recycling prolongs the life and usefulness of something that has already fulfilled its initial purpose, returning it to its origin and using its materials to produce something usable, which has many benefits both for we humans like for the environment.
Benefits of recycling what you no longer use
- Recycling reduces the need to grow, harvest, or extract new raw materials from the Earth. This lessens the damage to the natural world, which means fewer forests cut down, rivers diverted, wildlife harmed, and of course, less pollution. Don’t you think recycling is much better than damaging the Earth in search of new raw materials?
- Making products from recycled materials requires less energy than making them from new raw materials. The difference is enormous. An example of recycling is? Making new aluminum from old materials uses 95% less energy.
- This decrease in energy produces a significant drop in carbon emissions while keeping waste that releases methane from going to landfill. This is vital for climate change.
- It is economically 6 times cheaper to dispose of recycled waste than regular rubbish, while recycling helps create jobs in both this industry and manufacturing.
How can I recycle what I don’t use?
Now, what can be recycled? Can we recycle technology, for example?
Of course! Not only is it possible to recycle paper (which is very important too) or plastic, but there are also many other options to achieve the 3Rs. We tell you the most critical types of recycling:
The plastic. This material is an essential part of the solid waste we produce. When plastic is sent to a landfill, it does not break down as it is non-biodegradable, and even in ocean water, plastic remains forever, breaking down into so-called “microplastics” (plastic bags, shrink wrap, plastic wrap). Bubbles, etc.).
Metal: recycling this material is also essential because it saves energy and reduces and reduces toxic emissions into the environment. Using recycled metal, known as scrap metal, reduces mining waste by 97% and saves more than 90% energy, depending on the material.
Paper: One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. It also saves about 4,000 kilowatts, among many other benefits (used paper towels, tissues, and diapers).
Broken ceramics, light bulbs, and mirrors: although less common, all these materials can also be recycled correctly in the different ecological islands you can find in your city.
Construction and demolition waste, such as concrete and drywall, should be recycled, so never put it in the trash with your everyday waste.
Electronic waste: from mobile phones to computers and almost anything that contains electronic components can be recycled. Of course, we will have to take it to an ecological island or, on the other hand, as long as they are working and in good condition, you can bring them to Cash Converters to sell.
Reuse technology: How can I recycle my phone?
One of the objects made up of some of the materials mentioned above (metals, plastics, silver, etc.) is the mobile phone.
Mobile phones contain several materials such as metals, and plastics, among other materials that can be removed and reused, and, luckily, there are more and more options to recycle and reuse old mobile phones.
Nowadays, if your phone is in good condition and up-to-date, you can sell your second-hand phone at specialized stores like Cash Converters, especially if they have the original box, charger, and instructions for a reasonable price.
In turn, you can also buy second-hand mobiles in perfect condition and items such as dryers, vacuum cleaners, printers, computers, etc., thus avoiding new production that generates new waste.
If you think it is impossible to sell them, most NGOs accept old mobile phones, whether they work or not, and if it is broken, you can dispose of them in most recycling centers in containers for small electrical appliances.
Keep in mind that if you recycle your electronic devices, they are disassembled, and their components are separated, recovering their raw materials, and being able to make a “new” one.
Reduce and reuse, as well as recycle what you don’t use
In short, we can change the world and apply the 3 reasons for sustainability: Reduce, recycle and reuse. If you don’t know what they are or need some ideas to carry them out in your daily life, read carefully what we will tell you next.
- Buy products that preferably come in reusable or more durable containers.
- Try to consume products in bulk or use your bag (there are cloth or raffia) when you go to buy fruit, vegetables, etc.
- Separate the garbage and take it to its corresponding containers. Remember that materials such as can also go in the container for plastics and electrical or electronic devices, light bulbs, batteries, oil, and paint must be taken to the “clean point” of the city.
- Reuse plastic bags as many times as you can and finally as a garbage bag to carry plastics
- Never throw used oil down the sink (you can contaminate up to 1,000 liters of water with just one liter).
- Buy when you need it (sometimes we don’t need so many clothes)
- Sell what you no longer need in specialized stores and buy items in good condition where quality is guaranteed.