The relevance of recycling in the industry

  • 22/06/2021
  • Spain

The environment is one of the main concerns of today's society and optimizing the use of resources is one of the main challenges of this century. Therefore, it is essential to recover recyclable materials, classify and process them properly in order to give them a new life and reintroduce them to the market.

In the case of industry, it is even more important if the waste can be treated correctly, its high generation and the wide range of advantages offered by giving it a new use.

What are the main reasons for recycling?

  • Energy saving: obtaining materials from their natural sources implies a huge expenditure of energy since it is necessary to extract the material, to later refine it, which entails transport and processing that involves a very high cost and effort to obtain the final product .

  • Protection of natural resources: the supply of raw materials can lead in certain cases to overexploit sources and consume these resources faster than their natural regeneration. This overexploitation could have serious environmental, economic and health consequences.

  • Pollution reduction: reducing manufacturing processes and saving energy allows CO2 emissions, among other pollutants, to drop significantly. According to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), recycling today would save the equivalent of 100 kg of CO2 emissions per person per year.

  • Reduction of waste in landfills: the saturation of landfills is now a reality, being able to correctly classify and recycle waste will offer a more suitable environment for future generations.

  • Economic benefits: the reuse of discarded materials in industrial processes can be a more important economic source than expected. For this reason, a good waste processing can revert to benefits for companies.

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