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How to distinguish recyclable waste and unrecyclable waste

With the fast pace of work and life in modern society, more and more people choose take-away food or drink which generates large volume of soft packaging waste. When throwing these waste into recycling bin, it is important to distinguish whether the rubbish belongs to recyclable range or non-recyclable range so that you can throw it into the correct bin. Then what waste is recyclable waste and what waste is non-recyclable waste? How to distinguish recyclable waste and unrecyclable waste?

Recyclable waste is renewable. The waste product itself or the product material can be reused or converted into new products or raw material, like paper, corrugated cardboard(OCC), glass, plastics containers and bags, hard plastic, metal, wood products, e-waste, textile etc. Beyond these types, other waste are non-recyclable.

Below are five major types of recyclable waste or materials:

1. Waste paper: mainly includes newspaper, magazine, books, all kinds of packaging paper, office paper, advertising paper, paper case and so on. Tissue and toilet paper are not recyclable because the water-solubility is too big. Series stained paper and packaging is not recyclable either.

2. Plastic: mainly includes all kinds of plastic bag, plastic foam, plastic package, disposable fast food container, toothbrush, plastic cup, PET bottle, HDPE containers, etc.

3. Glass: mainly include all kinds of glass container, scrap glass, mirror, lamp bulb, etc.

4. Metal: mainly include aluminum cans, food tin, lead sheath of toothpaste, metal inside e-waste, etc.

5. Textile: mainly include used clothes, towel, tablecloth, schoolbag, shoes, etc.

Unrecyclable waste commonly includes the materials that can be easily degraded in nature. For example, fruit shell, vegetable leaves, food leftovers, flowers and leaves, etc. It also includes cigarette end, muck, coal cinder, construction waste and paint which do not have big value after being discarded.

Along with the development of recycling knowledge, in fact the above listed organic waste like kitchen waste and plant waste can be turned into fertilizer through proper processing.

Harmful waste mainly includes paint, scrap battery, mercury thermometer, lamp tube, overdue medicines, etc. If these wastes are discarded randomly, it will be cause danger to human beings and seriously pollute the environment. Hence, these waste needs to be thrown into specialized bin which should be available in each residential community.

Once recyclable wastes are well sorted, the next step normally is either using baling machine or a shredding machine to reduce the size before proceeding with recycling procedures. Sinobaler Machinery has all types of balers and shredders available for size reduction purpose. If you need any of them, welcome to visit and for details.

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