A recycling program that makes it easy to recycle all of your favorite objects, even if they aren’t recyclable is now being rolled out across the country.
The Silver Recycling Initiative, announced today, was developed by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Recycler Recyclers Association.
The group is calling its plan to recycle the glass, cardboard, aluminum and other recyclables that make up household items recycler-friendly.
“As more of the world becomes urbanized, our nation faces a growing demand for more and more recyclible materials,” said Bill Dziczek, senior director of sustainability for the agency, in a statement.
“Recycling the world’s recyclibles is the right thing to do.
This initiative helps to ensure that our homes and businesses remain free of hazardous materials that cause harm to the environment and the health of our communities.”
Silver Recycleers Initiative: What is recyclability?
Recyclable materials can be used in many different ways.
The best recyclant for glass, for instance, is aluminum, which is also the type of glass that makes up many glass-recyclable products, including the glass in most office buildings.
In a paper bag, for example, aluminum is a great recycling option.
Paper is also recyclizable.
“Glass-recycleable materials are made from the raw materials that are used to make the products,” said Dzczek.
“We recycle glass into glass, and glass-recycling glass is made from aluminum.”
Glass-recyclable items also come in many other varieties, from ceramic to wood.
Wood-recycles are a growing industry.
“Wood-recycleable materials also can be recycled into paper, cardboard and other materials,” Dzcik said.
“There are many ways to recycle aluminum.”
While some recyclist-friendly products are made of aluminum, the group says they can also be made from recycled paper, which can be more durable and recyclatable than aluminum.
The silver recycling initiative is aimed at households that recycle glass, but it’s also meant for businesses that have plastic and metal waste in their buildings.
For instance, some businesses are now recycling aluminum cans, and it’s possible to reuse plastic containers in the process, as well.
The organization also wants to get people to consider using glass-waste containers in their recycling.
“If we don’t have a clear definition of what recycling means, then we don,t know how to engage people in recycling,” said Dan Zappala, president of the Recycled Glass Association, in an interview with Recode.
“People need to understand that recycling glass isn’t the same as recycling plastics.”
Zappala said that recycling aluminum has become an important part of the recycling equation because it’s used in everything from clothing to medical supplies.
“For every dollar invested in a recycling facility, you get $1 back in the form of aluminum,” he said.
The idea of glass- and plastic-reusable glass has been around for years.
Glass-recylable glass was first created in the 1960s by a company called Alcoa, which manufactured glass-filled canisters for its gas-powered engines.
Glass is made of glass, carbon dioxide and other gases, and has a high melting point.
Glasses are a useful and easy way to recycle materials that would otherwise be discarded.
Glass can be reused in plastics, and other types of materials, as long as they don’t break down or cause harmful pollution.
Glass-and-plastic recycling is not as common in the United States, though.
“It’s definitely on the rise,” Zappalas said.
For one thing, there’s more demand for glass products, like the plastic bottles and plastic cups in your kitchen or bathtub.
Glass containers are being used in the recycling process in large numbers in California, where the state’s recycling rate has grown from 5.3% in 2011 to 15.7% in 2017, according to the California Office of Recycles and Recynergies.
California’s recycling rates are comparable to the US, with its recycling rate of about 7% and its plastic recycling rate at about 10% — both among the top countries in recycling rates.
“If you look at California’s rate, it’s really quite high compared to most of the other states,” said Zappals.
Glass is being recycled in large quantities in places like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, as the recycling rate in those cities is almost 10% compared to California’s 10.7%.
Recyling of glass has also been increasing in the US.
Recylications are up in places such as Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“We’re seeing the growth of this type of recycling,” Zappa said.
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