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Everything you need to know about the different types of recycling

Did you know that there are different types of recycling? Here we tell you everything you need to know about recycling, downcycling and upcycling .

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At a critical environmental moment, such as the one we are experiencing, it is more than urgent to resort to solutions such as recycling. Photo: Pexels

LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero

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One of the environmental crises that most affect our planet today is pollution. Hundreds of tons of garbage are thrown away every day, putting entire ecosystems and the communities that inhabit them at risk . The objects we discard can look like waste to us, which we will never use again; but the truth is that these are made of materials that can take hundreds of years to decompose and can also pose a danger to the territories in which they are exposed.

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At a critical environmental moment, such as the one we are experiencing, it is more than urgent to resort to solutions such as recycling. Although this is a term that is not new to most people, very few people really know how to recycle, understand the processes behind it and take this activity seriously, which is gradually gaining strength. Understanding how recycling works is essential to stop the crisis we are experiencing now and prevent the many that will come in the future .

Recycling: the difference between downcycling and upcycling

[slideshow width=”1080″ height=”1080″ align=”none” caption=”no” count=”7″ autoslide=”no”][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]Recycling seeks to ensure that the material that is being reused does not lose its characteristics and eventually becomes the previously recycled product.[/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]Downcycling and upcycling have differente meanings.[/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]Downcycling seeks to reuse a material that will lose its characteristics during the process. This will become a lower value product than the original product.[/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]Paper is a material that is downcyclable, as it is transformed into lower-quality papers, such as cardboard.[/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]In upcycling, a material is reused without affecting its characteristics so that it ends up becoming a product of greater value and quality, both economically and environmentally.[/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]When plastic is transformed into objects such as bags, eyeglass frames, and even clothing items. [/slider_item][slider_item title=”La diferencia entre infrarreciclaje y suprareciclaje” src=”” ]These three processes have a very high ecological and social value, as they create jobs and help nurture the circular economy that we so badly need.[/slider_item][/slideshow]

We invite you to inform yourself about how these processes work in your city and to be part of them. Planet Earth will thank you.

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