Do you know the meaning of this symbol?
If you follow a recycling programme in your town you might have asked yourself what happens to the materials you put in a bin outside the front door of your home to be collected the next day by a lorry and taken away.
Well, broadly speaking, let’s say that the materials collected are usually taken to a recycling plant, where they are sorted out and separated before being sent to the manufacturers who will transform them into new products.
So here we come to the point… what is for example the collected paper transformed into? and what about the plastic bottles, or aluminium cans, or glass bottles that we recycle?
Paper becomes… hear oh hear… paper!!! There is in fact a great demand of all types of paper, from writing paper to newspaper, books, toilet paper, cardboard boxes, and so on.
Glass must be first separated according to colour and is later made into new glass bottles and jars.
Aluminum is a valuable material. Aluminium cans are melted down and made into new cans, while aluminium foil is processed into new aluminium.
Now the incredible news is that the plastic fibres of plastic bottles are used to make… guess what? Carpets, clothing (like the stuffing for ski jackets), car accessories, park benches, lamp posts or new plastic bottles and jugs.