The definition of recycling is the process of collecting and reprocessing materials that would typically be considered waste.
Facts About Recycling
- Recycling helps reduce the waste that goes into landfills. Rotting waste emits dangerous gases.
- Recycling conserves energy by reducing the amount of new materials that have to be manufactured.
- Recycling conserves natural resources by reducing the need for products from the rainforest. Recycling newspapers, cardboard, and other types of paper reduces the need for more trees to be cut down to produce new paper.
- The most commonly recycled products are paper, plastic, glass, aluminum and batteries.
An example of recycling is reforming old glass bottles into glass building tiles.
- The activity or process of extracting and reusing useful substances found in waste.
- Materials that have been set apart from refuse so that they can be recycled: She set the recycling out by the curb.
Variant of recycle
transitive verbrecycled, recycling
- to pass through a cycle or part of a cycle again, as for checking, treating, etc.
- to use again and again, as a single supply of water in cooling, washing, diluting, etc.
- to treat or process in order to use again: recycle aluminum cans
- to gather up and turn in (empty bottles and cans, old newspapers, etc.) to be so treated or processed
- to alter or adapt to a new use or function: recycle an old tenement into condominiums
- to use again; bring back; reuse: recycle a speech from a previous campaign
- to pass through a cycle, system, etc. and return to the starting point again or repeatedly: the electronic flash recycles in 5 seconds; the water recycles through the cooling system
- to engage in recycling empty bottles, old newspapers, etc.