What are the 10 most important items to recycle?

Products for reuse

Recycling paper and cardboard is important because it reduces the number of trees that have to be cut down for their manufacture. Magazines, old newspapers, cereal boxes, shoe boxes… all can be recycled to help reduce the overexploitation of natural resources. The color to identify the containers to which these wastes should be destined is yellow.

This material can be reused again through a waste washing process or through melting and can be 100% recycled an indefinite number of times.    To do so, it must be separated from the rest of the materials.

These wastes should never be thrown in the trash with the rest of the wastes because they have highly polluting and toxic components, so it is very important to take them to the specific hazardous waste containers for batteries that are located in different points such as squares or shopping malls.

Clogged drains represent an imminent risk of flooding during the rainy season, the accumulation of waste dragged by the water causes the obstruction of the drains, which is one of the main reasons for puddles every time there is a rainfall. In addition to remembering not to throw garbage in the streets.

Reusable things to take care of the environment

Plastic has very versatile properties when it comes to being treated that make it one of the materials destined to make our lives easier. If you look around you, chances are you are surrounded by objects made of plastic. A water bottle, the bag you’ve been given at the supermarket or a packet of cookies are just a few examples.

Tateh Lehbib is a Sahrawi refugee who knows a lot about recycling plastic. He studied Renewable Energies thanks to a scholarship from UNHCR and, after finishing his studies, he decided to return to the Saharawi refugee camps with an idea in mind.

Inspired by his desire to help the Saharawi people and his studies, Tateh developed a project that earned him the nickname “desert madman”: he built a shelter made of plastic bottles filled with sand that would be resistant to desert storms and heat.

Objects with recycled materials for children

1. Reduce packaging or throw-away products. The catalog of actions that can be carried out is infinite: from opting for the consumption of products in bulk, to opting for products packaged in materials that can be recycled more easily: paper or cardboard or glass.

3. Preferably opt for products of recycled origin. In this way, we reduce the need to extract new materials from nature and/or use energy resources to process them.

5. Look for ways to reuse textile resources before discarding them. Turn them into rags, use them for handicrafts, as gift wrapping, etc. If you need ideas, here are some ideas.

7. Copy good practices to reuse waste. Now that everything has become virtual, the web provides us with great resources for ideas. Pinterest, pages like el-recetario.net or people like 2ndfunniestthing are references for this task.

10. Visit separation and recycling plants. Visiting these facilities not only brings us closer to the waste treatment processes, but also to the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of recycling.

Which materials can be recycled and reused

A recyclable material is one that can be used again after its main use, with which it is possible to create new materials to transform them by giving them a new use. However, they can also be reused for the same function they had in the beginning, for example, aluminum cans, paper or glass.

The recycling process starts with a selection between those materials that can have another opportunity of use and those that are waste, after being deposited in the corresponding containers. At home we can place several containers, one for organic waste and others for materials that can be reused.