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Describe what materials are recyclable in your area and how you would recycle if you chose to (i.e. curbside recycling, taking to a recycling center).  Pick one material that you could recycle in your area and describe what product(s) can be created from this recycled material.  Do you think it is worthwhile to recycle this material in your area?  Why or why not?

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Contains unread postsMolly Dotson posted Nov 21, 2019 11:14 AMLast edited: Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:14 AM ESTSubscribe

Germany is rather big when it comes to recycling. Here you can recycle any glass bottle or jar (that is not returnable). First, glasses are sorted by color, so there are green, brown, and clear bins that determine which bin your glass goes in. Second, recycled paper consists of any cardboard, newspaper, magazine, waste paper, paper bags, etc. Any form of paper belongs in blue bins. Additionally, all cardboard boxes should be broken down and flattened before placed into their proper bin. Third, other items that are recycled are cans, plastic, polystyrene, aluminum, tinplate and cartons (like beverage cartons). These items belong in the yellow bin. All cans and cups should be rinsed out and emptied. Finally, the remaining items belong to biological waste which is about 50% of total garbage in Germany (All About Recycling in Germany). “Bio stuff is anything destined for the compost heap in a good gardener’s back yard. This includes kitchen scraps, peels, leftover food, coffee filters, tea bags, and garden waste” (All About Recycling in Germany). These items typically are put into a brown bin. Some neighborhoods provide bins, however, in my neighborhood, we have to individually sort in our own trash bins and then transport these items to a recycling facility where we have to further recycle these items into their proper bins. 

Since Germany recycles just about every material, I decided to choose aluminum cans to discuss the benefits of recycling them. According to “What Recycled Beverage Containers Become” (2018), aluminum cans can be used over and over again by being melted down. They say that “nearly 75% of all aluminum produced since 1888 is still in use today…” These cans can be melted down and used for several other items such as new cans, automobile parts, bicycles, building facades and airplane parts (“What Recycled Beverage Containers Become,” 2018).

I do believe that even though it can be time-consuming, recycling is very worthwhile in any country or state. There are many reasons as to why recycling is essential. According to “Recycling is Important” (2008), recycling is beneficial due to the amount of trash we create, the negative impact trash has on the environment, and lack of space for waste. Recycling helps decrease trash, promotes a positive, healthy environment, and creates more space that isn’t used by trash. 


All About Recycling in Germany. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2019, from     https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/recycling.html.

Recycling is Important. (2008, February 14). Retrieved November 21, 2019, from http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/importance.html.

What Recycled Beverage Containers Become. (2018, January 5). Retrieved November 21, 2019, from https://www.recycleeverywhere.ca/recycling-info/what-they-become/.

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Materials that I use on a daily include, water (normally bottled), paper, and my car.  Since I currently resign in an apartment facility, there are  no curbside recycling systems for any of the tenets to utilize. I normally place my bulk items such as food waste, used cleaning supplies, and other specific waste items into the garbage dumpster. However, I do recycle or rather donate my old clothes to local the goodwill. Recycled clothes can create materials such as, "clothing suitable for reuse, cloth scraps or rags as well as fibrous material." (LeBlanc, Rick.)  Recycling this material in my community is rather useful since fashion seems to be the highlight of conversation within my community. The rapid growth of fashion industries is an important factor to consider within fruitful countries such as america where, "The textile industry has evolved into a $1 trillion industry globally, comprising clothing, as well as furniture and mattress material, linens, draperies, cleaning materials, leisure equipment, and many other items."(LeBlanc, Rick.).  Re-utilizing such material could benefit many families without the means to afford particular clothing items to stay warm or cool based on the climate. I do however believe that there are plenty of other materials to help save the environments well being such as computers, cars, and other metal compartments. 

Works Cited

LeBlanc, Rick. “The Process of Recovering and Recycling Old Clothing.” The Balance Small Business, The Balance Small Business, 27 Feb. 2019, https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-garment-recycling-works-2877992. 

LeBlanc, Rick. “The Basics of Clothing and Textile Recycling.” The Balance Small Business, The Balance Small Business, 9 May 2019, https://www.thebalancesmb.com/the-basics-of-recycling-clothing-and-other-textiles-2877780.

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