Recycling is a process that involves recovery of used materials. This process helps keep waste out of the landfill. In order to make sure that recyclables are not dumped, consumers need to be aware of the different types of recycling.
Plastics fall into three main categories. These categories are mechanical recycling, primary recycling, and reuse. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Mechanical recycling is the most popular method for recycling plastic residues. It allows recyclers to reuse old packaging and produce new materials. Recycled plastics are often used for making garbage bags, flooring, and other types of packaging.
Primary recycling involves collecting and sorting recyclables. The recyclable material can be used by the recycler or sold. However, these materials must be recycled properly. Otherwise, they can become a toxic waste.
Polypropylene is a hard plastic that is found in a variety of household products, including containers that hold hot liquid. The plastic is known for its durability and its heat resistance.
Other kinds of plastic are polystyrene, melamine, and nylon. While they are not considered to be harmful, they are a lot harder to recycle. They are commonly used in plastic children’s toys.
Plastics can be obtained from commercial or domestic waste disposal. They can also be purchased from industrial scrap.
Some communities allow flimsy HDPE plastics to be recycled at curbside programs. LDPE (low density polyethylene) is another type of plastic that can be recycled.
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a plastic that is mostly used for single-use bottles. PET is very inexpensive and is also very light.