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What are some pros and cons of recycling?

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Some pros and cons of recycling are that recycling reduces energy consumption and pollution, but it also has a high initial cost and many recycled products are not durable. In general, however, the positive aspects of recycling far outweigh the few points that are on the negative side.

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Recycling is defined as using materials that normally are considered waste and transforming them into another useful product. Some types of materials that are commonly recycled include:

  • Plastics such as milk jugs, shampoo bottles and two-liter soda bottles.
  • Metal cans and aluminum including soup and vegetable cans, coffee cans, soda cans and beer cans.
  • Glass bottles and jars like baby food jars, jelly jars or pickle jars.

A wide variety of items are made from recycled materials. A consumer can easily tell if a product is recycled because the words "Made from "x" percent of recycled materials" will be stamped on the item. Alternately, the recycle symbol of a triangle formed by three arrows may be found on the product. Some of the more common items made from recycled materials include:

  • Paperboard that is used to make cereal boxes, laundry detergent boxes and cake mix boxes.
  • Plastic bottles for shampoo, fabric softener and milk.
  • Paper items like toilet paper, writing paper and napkins.
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