It is a well-known fact that the world population is persistently rising and the longevity of people have also increased due to the developments in technology. It is also a fact that each and every human being disposes a certain amount of waste during their total life span. Another known fact is that many nations are reaching development and economic growth resulting in higher income levels and purchasing power leading to greater consumption and expenditure. As a result, the amount of waste material that is being released to the environment has increased rapidly and now many nations are faced with the problem of having very limited land space to dispose the tons of garbage that are being piled up daily.
The best solution and probably the only solution that is available to solve the garbage problem is recycling. Recycling is the process of converting materials that have already been used into new products by changing their form. But not all items are recyclable. Most of the recyclable items are numbered from 1 to 7 with items that are most recyclable bearing number one and least recyclable items bearing number 7. Paper towels, plastic containers and bottles, ink cartridges, furniture, aluminum cans, metal are all recyclable items. You can take the initiative to make things easy for the local authorities by dividing and collecting your waste. Have separate bins for paper, plastic, glass and metal. Remove the labels off plastic bottles, crush the aluminum cans using a can crusher and try to separate all your waste into the above mentioned categories as accurately as possible. This helps the process of recycling to a great extent and you can even earn by selling your own garbage to the recyclers.
The most commonly known 3Rs of sustainability are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Not only that waste should be recycled, it has to be reduced as well. You could always take a cloth bag every time you go shopping and refuse the use of shopping bags. Try to convert your bank statements and billings into emails and reduce the use of paper. There are certain items that can only be used once and such items have to be recycled. Crush up the bottles, cans and other containers using a can crusher to reduce the pile of garbage that is being stacked up. Without using wrapping paper try to use gift bags and try to avoid disposable items such as paper plates and cups as much as possible.
As it is important to recycle your waste material, it is equally important to purchase things made out of recycled material. This however has become quite common in most of the societies and there is a considerable demand for recycled products thanks to environmental protection and health movements across the world.