One of the traditional forms was reusable returnable glass milk bottles, often home delivered by a milkman. While some of this continues, other options have recently been more common:
Such public property fences were sawed for the iron and recycled during World War II.
New chemical industries created in the late 19th century both invented new materials e. Bakelite  and promised to transform valueless into valuable materials. Proverbially, you could not make a silk purse of a sow's ear —until the US firm Arhur D.
Little published in "On the Making of Silk Purses from Sows' Ears", its research proving that when "chemistry puts on overalls and gets down to business New and better paths are opened to reach the goals desired.
Financial constraints and significant material shortages due to war efforts made it necessary for countries to reuse goods and recycle materials.
Recycling household materials meant more resources for war efforts and a better chance of victory. Post-World War II[ edit ] A considerable investment in recycling occurred in the s, due to rising energy costs.
They began to export the problem to developing countries without enforced environmental legislation. This is cheaper, as recycling computer monitors in the United States costs 10 times more than in China. Demand in Asia for electronic waste began to grow when scrap yards found that they could extract valuable substances such as copper, silver, iron, silicon, nickel, and gold, during the recycling process.
On December 31,China announced its "National Sword" policy, setting new standards for imports of recyclable material and banning materials that were deemed too "dirty" or "hazardous".
The new policy caused drastic disruptions in the global market in recycling and reduced the prices of scrap plastic and low-grade paper. Exports of recyclable materials from G7 countries to China dropped dramatically, with many exports shifting to countries in southeast Asia.
The crisis generated significant concern about the practices and environmental sustainability of the recycling industry. The abrupt shift caused countries to accept more recyclable materials than they could process, raising fundamental questions about shipping recycling waste from economically developed countries to countries with few environmental regulations—a practice that predated the crisis.
Three legislative options have been used to create such a supply: Mandatory collection laws set recycling targets for cities to aim for, usually in the form that a certain percentage of a material must be diverted from the city's waste stream by a target date.
The city is then responsible for working to meet this target. When a product in such a container is purchased, a small surcharge is added to the price.
This surcharge can be reclaimed by the consumer if the container is returned to a collection point. These programs have been very successful, often resulting in an 80 percent recycling rate. One aim of this method is to create a viable economy for proper disposal of banned products.
Care must be taken that enough of these recycling services exist, or such bans simply lead to increased illegal dumping. Four methods of such legislation exist: Content mandates specify that a certain percentage of a new product must consist of recycled material.
Utilization rates are a more flexible option: Opponents to both of these methods point to the large increase in reporting requirements they impose, and claim that they rob industry of necessary flexibility.
These policies are either "set-asides", which reserve a certain amount of spending solely towards recycled products, or "price preference" programs which provide a larger budget when recycled items are purchased.
Additional regulations can target specific cases: When producers are required to label their packaging with amount of recycled material in the product including the packagingconsumers are better able to make educated choices.
Consumers with sufficient buying power can then choose more environmentally conscious options, prompt producers to increase the amount of recycled material in their products, and indirectly increase demand. Standardized recycling labeling can also have a positive effect on supply of recyclates if the labeling includes information on how and where the product can be recycled.
For example, plastic bottles that are collected can be re-used and made into plastic pellets, a new product. Recyclate quality is generally referring to how much of the raw material is made up of target material compared to the amount of non-target material and other non-recyclable material.
If the recyclate is of poor quality, it is more likely to end up being down-cycled or, in more extreme cases, sent to other recovery options or landfilled. The quality of recyclate not only supports high-quality recycling, but it can also deliver significant environmental benefits by reducing, reusing and keeping products out of landfills.It's dirty work, but someone's got to doo it, and if that someone is you, there's the potential to really clean up--both literally and figuratively.
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