You might be surprised to find that many house-hold items that are labelled as recyclable... may not actually be as reusable as we think. The rate of success when it comes to recycling materials has a direct correlation to city infrastructures and recycling programs. Read on to find out how effectively household materials are processed and recycled.
Glass can be endlessly recycled with no loss of quality.
When glass is recycled in home boxes that are mixed in with metal cans and paper, around 40% of the glass ends up recycled. Compared to recycle programs that separate home recycling into designated glass, cardboard and metal can boxes, this multi stream system boosts glass to an impressive 90% recycle rate.
National Geographic, found that 91% of plastic does NOT actually get recycled.
A few factors are in play that hinders the success of recycling plastic.
- It is cheaper to create new plastic rather than recycle old plastic
- Most plastics are dips in multiple resins which render them non recyclable
Additionally, the quality of plastic also decreases after 2 - 3 recycles and the process of melting plastic down also produces harmful fumes which are released into the environment.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and can be repurposed endlessly.
The International Stainless Steel Forum found that 80% - 90% of stainless steel winds up being recycled. To recycle your metals, look for curb-side recycling bins, local recycling drop-offs, or scrap buy-back centres.
Algae is 100% biodegradable and can be disposed of in house compost systems.
The algae takes 5 - 6 weeks to fully biodegrade into healthy dirt that can be used in gardens to grow delicious vegetables and herbs. Algae is also a renewable resource which can be grown in locations where most other crops would not survive.