The word “recycling” means the reuse of raw materials. But what does that mean for each of us? That’s exactly what it means. Because what we call garbage every day, contains a lot of raw materials and materials that can be reused or recycled.
This is why, waste separation is so important. In this way these very raw materials can be filtered out and recycled. For example, old wine bottles are melted down and new ones created from them. And the aluminum from old beer cans becomes part of the auto vehicles. So if we separate properly, almost all our waste can be given a new life.
I would like to comment briefly on the word “almost”. Unfortunately, despite recycling, over 40% of the waste is incinerated uncontrolled because the materials in it cannot be reused or have been incorrectly separated. This combustion releases a lot of fine dust, mercury and harmful hydrocarbons. However, we do not only harm ourselves and our fellow human beings with these burns. We pollute plants and the land and lungs of animals.
That makes us all responsible for the correct separation of our waste. It would make even more sense to avoid creating so much waste in the first place and to rely on our own recycling.