We are constantly figuring out new ways to recycle used items so they can provide some other use in consumer goods, agricultural environments, or for other purposes. As evidenced with the rise in popularity of electric vehicles, people are looking for new and fresh ways to preserve our planet’s natural resources. Let’s take a look at some of the top recycling trends.
The Rise of Composting
A lot of communities are implementing composting programs to make use of natural materials. Though composting is not legally required, it is quickly being endorsed by communities in New York City, Rhode Island, and San Francisco. Look for composting to reach a mainstream tipping point in 2017 as it transforms otherwise useless scraps into material with considerable utility.
Plastic is Out
Plastics typically take a very long time to break down and are not good for the environment. In fact, many communities are banning polystyrene, since harmful substances in the plastic can pollute soil and groundwater. It is no longer enough to simply recycle plastic and styrofoam. Look for more cities to develop policies that ban certain items like plastic shopping bags, plastic bottles, and styrofoam cups.
Deriving Energy From Organic Materials
Organic waste can be turned into sustainable forms of energy. As an example, the Sacramento “BioDigester” transforms food and all sorts of other organic waste into bioenergy. This incredible invention converts about 100 tons of organic waste each day. It probably won’t be long until most major cities have a similar machine.
Recycling With 3-D Printing
More and more people are making use of plastics and other materials as alternatives for 3-D printing. Some are even relying on old toys such as Legos for 3-D printing material. Many “reused” plastics are cheaper than the standard new version. Can you imagine printing a vehicle or a home out of recycled materials? It is certainly feasible in our high-tech future.
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