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30 Ways to Increase & Promote recycling
We cannot let our planet run out of essential resources. The never-ending extraction of raw materials is also destroying the natural environment and threatening life on our planet Earth. Recycling is the answer to solve these issues. There are many ways to increase and encourage recycling. Some of them are discussed below. Click to learn.
1. Early Childhood Education
Next generations are the real change makers for our planet. Including recycling education in the curriculums of elementary schools can greatly encourage and increase recycling in future.
2. Develop Infrastructure for Waste Separation
Developing industries related to material reuse, recovery and refurbishment facilitates the recycling of materials.
3. Hold recycling Workshops on community Level
Engage local communities and municipalities to organize recycling trainings and workshops.
4. Introduce Recycling laws through policy making
Promulgating laws is a top-down approach for ensuring effective implementation of sustainability. Government authorities should actively promote recycling related policy making and laws to increase reuse and refurbishment of waste materials.
5. Support Recycling Businesses
Crowdfunding and pitching for recycling businesses shall encourage waste recycling.
6. Restricting raw material extraction and promote recycling material
Another way to encourage recycling is restricting raw material extraction. This will provide an impetus for manufacturing industries to recycle materials from waste. Furthermore, restricting raw material extraction also keep the natural environment conserved.
7. Provide Entrepreneurial Trainings to Recycling Start-ups
Developing Incubation Centres and training entrepreneurs to develop a successful waste business will prove to be an effective step towards boosting a recycling industry.
8. Legislate Sustainability Laws for big manufacturing Industries
Make specific regulations for big corporates to comply with sustainability principles in their manufacturing operations and minimize waste production. Make recycling units obligatory within new Industrial Establishments and promote recycling set-ups in existing industries.
9. Promote Industry 4.0 Concept
Industry 4.0 promotes the concept of waste minimization using 3D technologies and Artificial Intelligence. Employing technology and AI for waste minimization and recycling material from one industrial operation as a feed for next industrial operation optimizes industrial waste streams.
10. Increase durability of car and truck tires by using recycled metal wires
Metals wires add strength and stiffness that keep more tread in contact with road and offer greater puncture resistance.
11. Fund Academic Research in Circular Economy
The number of grants for research in making material economies more circular and zero waste should be increased. Moreover, building a bridge between academic research and industries will transfer knowledge and promote recycling.
12. Provide Technical Assistance to Low Income Countries for Recycling
Transferring education and knowledge of recycling to Low-income countries shall create business opportunities, encourage employment, and promote recycling.
13. Encourage buying and selling of Pre-Loved Clothes
Pre-loved clothes should be marketed to reduce the fabric waste.
14. Provide Incentives to Public for recycling
Initiatives like payments or free products in exchange for empty containers for the purpose of recycling greatly encourages people to separate their waste and recycle.
15. Introduce Professional Academic Degrees on recycling and metallurgical Experts
Introducing advanced professional university education and degrees specifically related to material recycling in-line with the concepts of sustainability shall produce professional graduates that may help
16. Organize International Conferences on ground-breaking research in Recycling
Leaders from around the world should come together and discuss innovative concepts and studies for recycling materials.
17. Collaboration of Developed Countries with Developing countries in Fair Trade
Promote Fair Trade products that do not involve exploitation of local people and unsustainable extraction of raw materials
18. Increase licensing protocols for new raw material extraction
Industries should be audited and licensed for sustainable raw material extraction and monitored to improve zero-waste operations.
19. Promote manufacturing of Long-lasting Machinery
Manufacture durable and long-lasting machinery to avoid unnecessary waste creation.
20. Distribute Awareness Leaflets
Awareness can also be created by using brochures and leaflets
21. Develop iPhone and Android applications to promote recycling
Creating games promoting the idea of recycling can engage children and youngsters for recycling their daily use items.
22. Form a recycling Club
Promote Clubs and societies where like-minded people that aim to live a zero waste life come together and share zero waste lifestyle ideas.
23. Organize Outdoor Activities
Organizing outdoor activities such as hikes, walks in the forest, spending time at beaches build a connection to nature. This encourages people to protect the natural world and recycle and re-use lifestyle practices instead of buying and trashing practices.
24. Interior Decoration using Recycled Material
Glass recycling offers many creative ideas for decorating homes such as spectacular sunscreen, lanterns, fences, chandeliers, vertical gardening, and room furniture pieces, and decorating gardens and yards with glass bottles and jars.
25. Using Recycled Materials for Construction
Many types of plastic can be utilized for road construction such as thermosets, elastomers, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, PVC, polypropylene, and polystyrene.
26. Building a Liaison between Academia and Industry
Organize joint conferences and bootcamps with representatives from the industrial sector and scientists from Academia to collaborate for minimizing waste and increase recycling of different waste materials.
27. Encourage Fuel made from Plastics
Through pyrolysis, plastic will convert into solid fuel and pyro oil. It’s able to produce new plastic by chemical recycling. Plastics should also be recycled into fuels to avoid fossil fuel extraction.
28. Encourage local farmers by buying fresh vegetables and fruits
These are not shipped and refrigerated. Local farmers rely on less packaging. In this way, majorly reduce packaging waste.
29. Use old clothes for animal shelters
Animal shelters always need old clothes, towels, and blankets as bedding for animals.
30. Home furnishing from recycles metals
Metal furniture like Lamps, tea tables, chairs, cabinets, yard tools, rolling mini-bar, fixtures, and metal roofing is made from recycled metals.
By increasing and maximizing recycling in homes, waste and garbage becomes something from the past. INNOVATION THAT MUST BE DEVELOPED: 3D printing home waste-to-product appliance (turns any waste into useful items). For example you could insert 5 plastic water bottles in this new appliance to create a coat hanger. See ' Save The Green Planet - innovation to advance humanity'.
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