Thanks to recycling, our waste can become new raw materials.
We often have the impression that recycling is a new idea, but centuries ago men and women were already recycling their waste. Some, like the ragpickers, even made it their job. Nowadays, we know how to recycle more and more materials which are then reintroduced in the manufacture of new objects.
This avoids extracting raw materials from the ground and limits the amount of waste incinerated or landfilled. Properly sorting your waste in Georgia is therefore an ecological gesture. Even if the solutions to collect waste are available like dumpster rentals, we still do not sort enough what we throw away. Check some infographics on what’s in our trash cans and what doesn’t belong there.
Paper and cardboard
Everyone has access to bins and dumpsters, individual or collective. All sorted paper is recycled. The fibers that make up the paper are recovered to make a new raw material. This fibrous material can in turn become paper or hygiene products, cardboard packaging or insulation materials.
Today recycling supplies 67% of the paper industry.
Metals are infinitely recyclable. Our aluminum soda cans are recovered, melted, purified and used again to make a bicycle, a scooter, chairs… We can also recycle the steel which will be reused to make car parts, tools or tin cans.
When recycling computers and mobile phones, one can also recover small fragments of precious metals such as gold and silver. For this recycling to be possible, you must always bring your electrical and electronic waste to recycling centers or stores and not throw them in the trash!
Glass is infinitely recyclable.
But today recycling supplies only 58% of the glass industry. We can do better! Having the reflex to properly sort your trash cans and bring your glass to the collection points is a good start.
There are 5 main families of recyclable plastic which are not all recycled in the same way: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP). ).
After recycling, the caps can, for example, be used in the manufacture of garbage bins or toothpaste tubes. Water bottles can revert to bottles, quilts, or fleece sweaters. Milk bottles can become watering cans or benches.
Also we must start using less plastic bags, as they create a lot of pollution and damage to the environment!
Clothes and shoes
Return the clothes you no longer wear to sorting bins, it’s worth it!
Today, we do not recycle enough textiles: only 38% (3.6 kg per Georgia inhabitant in 2018). There is still significant room for improvement, especially since 99.6% of the textiles and shoes collected are recycled! Part of the clothes will become rags for industry, insulation for the roof and walls of houses or padding. Cut into very small pieces, they can even become artificial snow for Christmas trees.
Shoes are used to make sports fields.
Check an infographic on the fate of shoes and sorted textiles.
And more trash!
In Pooler and Georgia, there are many waste management companies capable of recycling a large amount of waste such as cars, pallets and wood, feathers and down, solvents, like Georgia Dumpster Guys. They offer dumpster rental services of different dumpster sizes. And they make sure all the waste in their containers will be recycled if it is recyclable, while the rest ends in the local landfills near Pooler.
In 2020, in Georgia recycling has started to improve! But just over 3 million tons of household waste were recycled, i.e. 62% of the waste produced in the entire state.