Recycling is the solution

Recycling is the solution

“Recycle” comes, etymologically speaking, from the Greek word kýklos, which means “orbit or circle,” and by extension, “ordered repetition or recurrence of phenomena.” In Latin, the term becomes cyclus-cycli, adding the prefix: “Re.” (which means repetition). Therefore, the original meaning of the verb “recycle” is “to circulate something or put it back into orbit” (waste becomes resource).

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The waste problem

The waste problem

To this point, we have seen the total amount of garbage that we generate, the increasing of this waste and the main causes.

Whatever the cause is, the fact is there’s no doubt that the increase in waste increase has not only been extraordinary but continues to increase in many countries –- developed or in the OECD[1]–-which generate 44% of the world’’s waste, and..

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Why does garbage grow?

Why does garbage grow?

Previously, we have seen, how garbage does not stop growing and it has tripled in only 50 years.

The causes[1] for the increase in waste are varied but highlighting the following can be highlighted:

  • The inefficiency of the production systems (for each ton of waste used or consumed can generate 20 tons of raw material waste in the extraction phase and 5 tons of waste in its production

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Garbage does not stop growing

Garbage does not stop growing

Waste generation has increased in massive proportions over the last 100 years, but this has not always been the case. The causes of this increment could be attributed, on the one hand, to the development of society, to modernization or the consumption system. And, on the other hand, this increase is reinforced by the exponential growth of the population.

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