Last updated 4-1-2021

the 3rs of recycling

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Three r’s of recyclin has changed over the decade and it will help you save the enrivonment. Have you ever dream’t of becoming a key player in making your society a healthier and safer place to live in? Ever since I became more conscious about the world around me, I was keen to understand the importance of a healthy environment and the significant role it played in our lives. I started reading more about waste management and decided to spread more awareness about it.

Although, in the recent years, many consumer product companies are marketing their products as environmentally friendly, there is nothing better than buying green. Moreover, the old dictum – reduce, reuse and recycle, is a principle worth reviving.

The 3 R’s are not difficult to implement. They conserve energy, natural resources and landfill space. All you have to do is bring little changes in your daily lifestyle to reduce waste. This will directly reduce your carbon footprint and save the environment.

Reduce

The first step towards the effective waste management is to consume only a limited number of resources, which are essential. In the current scenario, I believe this is the most challenging task as it involves getting rid of some of the very common American notions like new trumps or old, the bigger the better, etc. To start with, you do not need to cut down at once, but can slowly change your perception of looking at things. For instance, being tech savvy, the first step I took was to cut on my expenditure on expensive gadgets and look out for more durable and long-lasting options. Some of the benefits of reducing are as follows:

  • Helps in saving energy and money
  • Helps in utilizing a product to its fullest extent
  • Helps in saving natural resources
  • Helps in reducing pollution caused by harvesting of new raw materials

How you can reduce the waste:

  • Replace single-use items with reusable ones once you have used up all pre-owned single-use versions
  • Avoid one-time use plastic bags and consider Rope or canvas bags which can be reused
  • Avoid disposable goods, such as paper cutlery, straws which increase waste and are cost inducing
  • Use cloth napkins and washcloths instead of paper napkins
  • Consider buying cleaning products or household products in bulk which are durable and long-lasting

Therefore, you can wisely choose what rubbish you throw away and help in reducing lot of waste in and around your home, school or work.

Reuse

Reusing your old things for a little longer can play a major role in reducing lot of waste in your surroundings. So, the next time you dispose or recycle anything, give a second thought as whether it still has any life left in it. For instance, a used envelope always becomes a notepad for my shopping list, and I prefer sharing various items like DVDs, magazines, etc. with others. Here are the major advantages of employing this policy in our daily lives:

  • Helps in the reduction of gas emissions, which is majorly contributing to the global climate change
  • Helps in sustaining the beautiful surroundings and environment for our future generations
  • Helps in reducing waste that needs to be recycled or sent to incinerators and landfills.

How can you reuse

  • Consider buying second-hand items like furniture, clothes, etc.
  • Sell old clothes, appliances, toys, and furniture in garage sales or ads, or donate them to charities
  • Use resealable containers, bottles rather than plastic wrap
  • Reuse products in different ways. Coffee or shoe boxes, food and other types of containers can be repurposed for storing things

Recycle

Recycling is one of those R’s that has caught the maximum attention of all age groups. It is mainly due to the number of recycling programs, which are run by the government and the municipalities. The process of waste recycling usually involves collecting and processing those materials, which would otherwise be discarded as trash, and turning them into new products. This process is and will always be of great benefit to your surroundings and environment in the following ways:

  • Helps in the conservation of natural resources like water, minerals, timber, etc.
  • Helps in the prevention of pollution
  • Helps in the creation of new jobs in the manufacturing and recycling industries in the States.

How can you get involved in recycling

  • Consider purchasing products made out of recycled materials
  • Buy products made of materials like paper, metal, glass that can be recycled multiple times
  • Buy non – toxic products and avoid buying hazardous and precarious materials that are difficult to recycle

So, by practicing these three R’s of waste management in your daily life, you can not only create a clean environment for yourself, but also for everyone around you.