Image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/armyenvironmental/Recycling is always important to the environment and more recycling should be done on a regular basis. Consumers who do actually recycle sometimes wonder what happens after giving away their items to be recycled. The process of recycling is very lengthy, but unique in its own way.

The first thing that happens in the recycle process is the collection of items from the consumer. These items are then inspected to ensure that they are indeed recyclable, and also to ensure quality. Overall it is a very tedious process but required to prevent issues as the process of recycling continues.

After this process is complete comes the separation of the items. Bottles, plastic, aluminium etc. are all split and placed into their own piles.

They are all each sent to their own separate manufacturers to be prepped for transformation into a new item. Some items are also sent abroad to be reprocessed depending on the demand for specific recycled items. To break it down into more detail, items such as plastics can be recycled into things like water bottles, and also certain types of fabrics. Paper is the most common item recycled. Paper is typically transformed back into more paper, however it can also be transformed into cardboard items as well.

When electronics are recycled the process does change a bit. One of the great things about electronics is the majority of it can be recycled no matter what the item may be. Recycling electronics can also be a great way to earn cash for what is donated. When steel items are recycled they are first compressed into large blocks and shipped off for inspection. Usually the steel is then melted down and transformed into things such as bicycles and car parts. There are tons of items steel can be recycled into, which is what makes it such a valuable source of recycling.

Although recycling is a very tedious process, it is very beneficial. Each step that is taken matters a lot to the process. Consumers are at the very top of the list because it begins with someone taking the initiative and effort to recycle items. Helping the environment is the number one goal. As items are brought in to be recycled the whole process starts over and over again.

Each step is extremely important. There are no shortcuts in the process of transforming items into things that consumers use on a day-to-day basis. If no one took the time to plan out how things should be recycled the world would never have reusable items. Recycling is a great step towards making the world a cleaner and more environmentally friendly place. It’s not always easy but it can and is being performed every day by people just like you.

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