When it comes to the subject of recycling, there have been many debates for decades over the merits of this practice. A lot of people ask questions like “Does it save money and energy” “Can I recycle this juice box or cup of yogurt?” and so on. The rate of confusion in the global market can be attributed to the rapid evolvement of recycling technology. However, some customers are still confused and stuck with the outdated ways of recycling. Some of the myths about those blue bins include:
Myth #1: You must sort out items meticulously before recycling
The act of sorting wastes was initially used by haulers when recycling was still a relatively novel concept. Recently, there has been a change to that rule as collection and recycling machinery evolve. So fewer people are asking questions like “can I recycle a plastic window with an envelope? “Do I have to remove staples from papers before recycling?” However, some people still post signs about whether glass must be sorted by color or if plastic bags are allowed.
Generally, more communities are now using “single stream” systems to recycle their waste instead of sorting them into degrees initially used. Recyclables are now placed into one container, and they are recycled at once. The process involves washing, shredding and crushing the material, and then melting them. Magnets in the system collect all the impurities and food residues. Sometimes other methods like burning are used to handle them. Currently, over 60 percent of U.S. households have facilities for carton recycling, and manufacturers are now using packaging materials that are easier to recycle
Myth #2: Recycling uses more energy
Many people still nurture this myth. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling materials like aluminum can save 95 percent of the energy needed to make new ones from raw materials. Recycling tin and steel saves 60-70 percent of energy, recycling paper saves about 60 percent of energy and recycling glass and plastic saves about one-third of the energy required to make new products. You can also operate a 100-watt light bulb for hours with the energy derived from recycling one glass bottle.
Again, you can actually save more water by recycling materials than by making new ones. This has been confirmed by some analysis recently conducted.
Myth #3: Recycled materials end up in the trash
It is commonly believed that the garbage man who carefully selects recyclables to dump them all in with the trash. This has become something of an urban legend. Many people report that their trash/recycling company dumps their recycled materials into the same truck with trash. However, the recycling market has been stable recently. Fewer recyclables are shipped to landfill sites. Besides, there is little evidence to show that carefully sorted recyclables are being tossed into the dust heap. It is not well established on a large scale; it’s simply a myth.
Myth #4: products made from recycled contents are of lower quality
Many years ago, it was a general belief that products made from recycled materials are often sub-standard in quality. They believe recycled papers are rough, recycled plastic is weak, and some people still think lower performance any time they think recycled contents. That’s no longer the case when such companies like Metalliage has proved over time that great titanium products can be gotten from recycled metals by the reason of the top-notch quality of their titanium. The same thing goes for other products in the industry.