Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from land filling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is one of the most important things you could do for the environment. Recycling items can help fight global warming as well as climate change. It doesn't take much effort and can help save tons of landfill space in a year alone.
- Paper– There is little separation that needs to be done with newspapers, as everything delivered with the newspapers can be recycled. You can put these newspapers in recycling bins or tie them up with strings in stacks, making them easier for the recycling plants to recycle.
- Plastic– Recycling centers vary in the types of plastic they accept. There are symbols on the bottom of most plastic containers that indicate what type of plastic the container is made out of and where it should be recycled at the recycling center.
- Glass - recycled according to color: clear, green and brown. While labels do not need to be removed from glass, sometimes lids that are made of metal will need to be removed. Glass containers should also be rinsed with water so they don't attract insects.
- Aluminum & steel (tin): Rinsed soda cans, soup cans, pie pans, aluminum foil, uncoated metal hangers, and empty aerosol cans. Labels may remain on cans.