Learn more about the most commonly recycled items below
Paper and cardboard recycling
Paper is recycled by mixing paper together and to remove all the ink it is cleaned with water and soap. Once all the ink is cleaned off the paper, it is rolled out really thin and left to out to dry.
You can create different types of recycled paper, such as coloured cardboard. This is done by adding chemicals and colours to the paper mixture whilst it is wet.
So kids, how do we recycle paper and cardboard?
Tins and cans recycling
Food tins and cans should also go in the recycling bin and to recycle them they are heated to a very high temperature in a huge furnace and melted down to make metal ingots.
Each ingot can make around 1.5 million new cans!
Watch the below video to learn more
Glass can be recycled forever, over and over again. This makes you a superhero for every glass item you recycle.
To recycle glass large piles are washed and crushed in to tiny glass balls. The glass is then melted down and put in to moldings
Glass is recycled by making piles of different coloured glass. The glass piles are then washed and crushed into little glass balls – a little bit like beads. Then all the crushed glass is melted down and put into molds a bit like when you place a baking tray in the oven but with liquid glass which is then left to cool and goes hard.
Recycling plastic is similar to how glass is recycled however plastics go through a giant shredder and are made in to granules and flakes. These are then melted and moulded in to things like garden furniture, decking, drinks bottles, food containers and chemical bottles.
For metals to be recycled they are first separated, this can be done by hand or by huge powerful magnets.
Once separated, the various metal types are melted down like tins and cans and made in to metal ingots. These are then sold to manufacturers to make new products such as cars, motorway signs and many other every day items.
Recycling signs and pictures to look out for
There are many recycling pictures and signs to look out for, the below are very common
Find out what you can recycle in your area with RecycleNow.com
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