What is the Recycling Loop?

Published on: Feb 03 2014 by Austin Dopp

Recycling bottlesHere at EcoFoil protecting the environment is one of our number one concerns.  It is crucial that we all reduce our impact on the environment by conserving our natural resources through wise building practices, consuming less, and re-purposing items that are no longer useful to us.

 

Recycling programs are thriving around the nation. Cities offer curbside pickup, and many communities have drop-off areas where people can recycle plastic bottles, paint, and lumber. Recycling bins in stores, restaurants, and parks are becoming more popular, too!

 

Collecting bottles, cans, and cardboard is just one part of a successful recycling loop. In a successful recycling program, old materials are transformed into new goods. By re-using products in a new form, paper, plastic, and metal can be kept out of the landfill.

 

It may be helpful to think of recycling as a circular process. There are three major points in the recycling loop:

1) Collection of recyclable items
2) Manufacturing collected items into new products
3) Purchasing and use of goods made from recycled materials

 

Recycling bins outside SOmerfieldRecycled goods can be repurposed into an almost unimaginable number of new items. For instance, milk jugs can become tennis balls and blankets. Old running shoes can become playgrounds and sports fields, and old food containers can become a new couch.

 

Although specialists are often responsible for transforming our recycled bottles and cans into new products, consumers are essential to a successful recycling loop. How can you help?

 

First, use recycling programs to divert cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard from the landfill. An expanding number of recycling programs makes this easy. By using curbside recycling pickup or specialty recycling programs, you can make sure that more products are recycled.

 

recycling - paperYou can also support recycling by purchasing goods made from recycled materials. Many products list recycled, or post-consumer, content. This means that a portion of the item is made from recycled materials. For instance, napkins, printer paper, glass containers, and cardboard boxes are often made from recycled material.  Next time you shop, look for options that are made from recycled goods. By choosing recycled paper, containers, and even clothes, you can support a healthy recycling loop.

 

Many homeowners are looking for new ways to save on heating/cooling costs by adding to, or replacing their existing insulation.  However, many of these homeowners are unaware of the fact that traditional forms of insulation can be recycled.  Recycle.net and Nationwide Foam Recycling are great resources for recycling fiberglass and foam insulation, as well as other building materials.

 

If you are looking for an eco-friendly insulation EcoFoil is the perfect solution.  Our double bubble reflective insulation is packaged in recyclable plastic bags to maximize space on delivery trucks and minimize waste.   So when you embark on your next remodeling project remember to recycle your old insulation and replace it with one that will have a minimal impact on the environment.

 

If you have any questions about buying or installing our eco-friendly insulation give us a call at 1-888-349-3645.

 

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