What is Recycling?
Recycling is placing items that can be made into new products or materials in the recycling bin or taking them to a drop-off center. But, there’s a little more to it than that.
Recycling is a three-step process.
- The first step is collection — that’s when you put your recyclables into the bin or take them to a drop-off center.
- The second step is manufacturing when the recyclables are processed into raw materials that are then manufactured into new products.
- The third step is buying recycled. You are not really recycling unless you are buying recycled-content products.
You have seen the recycling symbol, right? The three arrows represent steps that complete the recycling loop.