Recycling refers to treating waste material so as to make it suitable for reuse.
Recycling has many advantages for sustainable development: it avoids wasting potentially useful materials, reduces energy usage, reduces consumption of fresh raw materials, reduces air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfills) and, as a result, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Many materials are recyclable, including paper, glass and plastic. Sometimes a product cannot be recycled in its entirety, with the result that certain materials are reused to make new products or to spare certain components, because they are valuable or hazardous.
Recycling is part of the waste treatment strategy known as the 3 R's:
Reduce: taking action to reduce the production of items that can become waste.
Reuse: reusing a product for same purpose for which it was intended or for a different purpose.
Recycle: treating waste and turning the recycled materials into a new product.
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