To the junk laboratory – to recycle or upcycle

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Recycling brings economic benefits and helps in reducing pollution. By recycling and upcycling you help in saving the natural resources and energy. Recycling creates less air and water pollution than primary production of raw materials. The recycling saves space for depositing, creates new jobs in companies engaged in the collection, production and distribution of secondary materials, saves money and helps in preserving plant and animal habitats.

First, let us examine the difference between recycling and upcycling. Recycling is the separation of materials from rubbish and its reuse. This process includes collection, separation, processing and manufacture of new products from the used items or materials. Upcycling is the process of collecting discarded products and converting them into new upgraded products of the same or similar purposes. Upcycled can be anything that can be reused.

Recycling

Compost – a great example, and the oldest form of recycling is composting. Composting is the biological decomposition of organic materials, result of that process is compost that contains humus and other nutrients. Every gardener knows that the best fertilizer for the garden is compost

Rubbish as energy – Use of waste in energy production or energy from rubbish is the process of obtaining energy in the form of electricity or heat from rubbish incineration. Rubbish energy is renewed form of energy. Production of electricity from the rubbish consists of a direct incineration or by obtaining combustible fuel product, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.

In the process of recycling, it is of utmost importance to separate and sort the waste, because many waste materials can be reused. About two-thirds of household waste can be collected and reused and in that way you help reducing the amount of waste in nature. Separated and sorted rubbish will be easier to recycle by companies which are engaged in rubbish removal in Sydney, and across other cities in Australia.You should look for similar companies in your country.

Upcycle

Upcycling represents the creative ways of converting old and unwanted products into something new and useful. Upcycling can be easy like upcycling old newspapers, from which you can make biodegradable bowls, but it can also be very complex like making furniture or jewellery.

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Furniture from pallets – Pallets are lately an absolute hit when it comes to innovation and upcycling. All you need is a little time, skill and tools. Out of the pallets, you can make furniture that looks modern and thus refresh the look of your living room or a back yard.

Jewellery – Options of making jewellery from used materials such as old plastic and glass bottles, old CDs, old t-shirt, buttons, etc., are huge. The Internet is now full of various tutorials on how to, by upcycling, make an interesting jewellery.

You have to be constantly aware of the benefits and the possibilities of both types of recycling. When you shop, choose the products that can be reused or upcycled.

Recycling reduces waste in landfills, thus reducing the need for deforestation of land for new landfills. The dissolution of the rubbish is accompanied by the production of harmful gases and leachate in landfills that cause air and water pollution. In addition, recycling and upcycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the landfills. It is definitely clear that recycling and upcycling are extremely important.

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