What is selective collection, recycling and residue minimization
It is the separation of materials intended for recycling. It means that recyclable materials should not be discarded together with other garbage. It can be an initiative of a single citizen or organized in communities : apartment buildings, companies, schools, clubs, cities, etc.
It is the activity of turning used materials into new products that can be marketed. Example : used paper is returned to industries to be turned into brand new paper sheets.
CONTRIBUTION TO NATURE :
50 kg of used paper = a saved tree
1,000 kg of recycled paper = 20 saved trees
1,000 kg of recycled glass = 1,300 kg of saved sand
1,000 kg of recycled plastic = thousands of saved petroleum liters
1,000 kg of recycled aluminum = 5,000 kg of saved ore
Note that sand, petroleum and ore are non-renewable natural resources.
BENEFITS OF SELECTIVE COLLECTION :
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