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World Recycling Day: a date that invites us to think about the world in which we want to live

The key to reducing the amount of waste we generate and caring for our environment lies in the famous three ‘R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. This ecological rule promotes three basic steps with which we can contribute our grain of sand in the protection and conservation of the planet.

Each of these phases represents a step forward in minimizing the impact caused by waste on the planet. We explain exactly what each of the three Rs consists of.


The first R refers to the need to avoid the generation of waste in our daily life as much as possible, through a less voracious, less vertiginous and more responsible form of consumption. This proposal tries to combat the spirit of marketing and capitalist consumerism, engines of all current impacts.


The second R states that the materials used should have the longest possible useful life, instead of being subjected to the cycle of ‘use and throw away’ to buy a new one. Giving objects a new life prevents them from going to landfill.


The third R of ecology is, perhaps, the one that requires the greatest efforts, since it consists of recycling waste materials that are still usable, to reinsert them into the production chain as raw material.

In which objects to apply the 3R?

Any type of used object or product that can still be used can be recycled. Used bedding or old furniture can be donated to community centers, animal shelters, or dropped off at a public recycling center. This is also the case for shoes, clothing, fabrics of all kinds, utensils, accessories, etc. Or they can be repaired and/or used for other non-conventional uses.

Broken watches, mobile phones, tablets, washing machines, robots, electrical and electronic devices can be repaired, giving them a second life before they are thrown away. And even if they are no longer usable, some items and components can still be salvaged. The same applies to batteries and batteries. Those that do not serve must be disposed of correctly to prevent them from contaminating the environment.

Plastics, envelopes, glass, paper, used oils, organic waste and much more must be recycled, so that we benefit the environment and ourselves.

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However, all the experts agree that recycling should be the last option, since the other two R’s (reduce and reuse) must prevail first. This is so because recycling, in the first place, also consumes resources to carry out its process. And, secondly, there are materials that, despite finishing the yellow container, do not always end up being recycled, as is the case with plastic.

Recycling not only makes sense from an environmental point of view, but also from an economic point of view, since by recycling we are saving raw materials and energy in its production. This process avoids pollution caused by the extraction and processing of raw materials, such as the consumption of oil, wood and water.

Collaborating in recycling is a sign of responsibility with the care of the environment, natural resources, with the well-being and quality of life of current and future generations.

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