What actually happens when you throw items in the recycle bin? Do all of them get recycled? Can a particular material be recycled more than once? Well, today we have come up with some commonly believed myths related to recycling. Since years these myths have continued and the effect is directly seen on the environment. The only way to get rid of these myths is by having proper understanding. Let’s move ahead and talk about them in detail.
Plastic Can Be Recycled Again And Again
This is one of the most commonly believed myths. Firstly, you need to understand that recycled plastic can be used but only to a certain extent. The quality of plastic is highly affected once it has been used. Who would consider using low-quality plastic for manufacturing? Although it is used but is mixed with virgin plastic pellet and only to a certain extent as discussed earlier. Secondly, you need to understand that plastic cannot be recycled over and over again. It can just be recycled once. The unused plastic then pollutes the environment. Therefore, you need to make sure you substitute metal objects in place of plastic.
Tough Shampoo Bottles – Recycling Bin
There must be colorful bottles of shampoo and detergents in your bathroom which you throw in the bin with the hope that it will be recycled. Guess what? They are not recycled. The truth is it’s not easy to recycle such plastic bottles as they are hard. The only plastic that goes through the recycling process is the transparent one which is easy to recycle. The other bottles simply find their way to the landfills in a few days. Therefore, the next time you go shopping make sure you give priority to the transparent plastic containers.
Biodegradable Label Ensures Recycling
Well, we are quick to select a product with the label “biodegradable” on it. But the truth is not every product with that tag is easily decomposed. Most of them need a high amount of heat for decomposition. Decomposing them in your backyard is next to impossible. Therefore, keep this thing in mind before you purchase them. All of them have the chance of being dumped into rivers and other water bodies which leads to environmental pollution.
You Can Put Anything In The Recycling Bin
This is not true. For example, if you are looking forward to recycling electronic items also known as “e-waste” then the recycling bin is not the best option. There are separate centers made for that purpose. Before recycling items, you need to make sure you do proper research about whether or not a particular item can be recycled.
These were some of the commonly believed myths which you must know about. In order to protect our environment, we must go for the right options. Recycling is necessary but knowing what to put in the recycling bin is more important. Moreover, read the labels properly before purchasing items and try your best to go for transparent plastic. The protection of the environment is dependent on the little steps that you take.