Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Importance of Recycling

What is Recycling?

Is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products. Materials are recovered from the waste and are used in the manufacture of other products to create another one or the same ones. It reduces the amount of solid waste that contributes to pollution.

Recycling is a strategy of waste treatment based on the "3R's".

Reduce: to implement actions to reduce the production of objects/products susceptable to become waste.

Reuse: This process allow products to have a second live period with the same or different use.

Recycle: Are the operations of collecting and processing waste that can be reintroduce into a circle of life.

How long takes a product in being degradated?

Paper: 2 weeks – 1 year (depending of the area)
Glass: 4.000 years
Aluminum cans: 200 – 500 years
Plastic bottles: 500 – 1.000 years
Tetra pack: 30 – 45 years
Wood: 2 – 3 years
Chewing gum: 2 4 years
Plastic bags: 100 - 200 years
Cigarrete filter: 2 years
Disposable cups: 500 - 1.000 years

Some places where you can leave your waste to be recycle.

SOREPA (Paper & Cardboard)
RECYCLA CHILE (Electronic waste)
REDEGAG (Paper, Plastic, Iron, Metal, Glass)
LATASA CHILE (Aluminum cans)
COMEC (Metal)
RECUPAC (Paper & Cardboard)
GERDAU AZA (Metal & Steel)
GOODYEAR (Tires & rubber)
CHILECTRA (Batteries)

Let's recycle to reduce the impact!!

Here we show you some examples of things that you can do with "waste".

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