6 THINGS that can be RECYCLED - Easy Guide

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Recycling has become an action to be carried out in our daily lives, a simple action that does great good to the environment. But before recycling it is important to know how it is done and what can be recycledIt all depends on the type of material with which the waste is composed.

If you want to know 6 things that can be easily recycled, what are the recycling bins that exist, in which each waste goes and understand the importance of recycling, then continue reading this interesting article by Green Ecologist.


Paper and cardboard are composed mainly of cellulose, and its manufacture also requires plenty of water. Millions of trees have been felled to obtain cellulose and manufacture these materials and they continue to be felled, that is why if paper and cardboard are made from recycled materials, it contributes to the reduction of tree felling. To recycle these materials they are deposited in the blue container and it is important to deposit them clean, without residues of organic matter or fluids. In addition, there are papers such as photographic, carbon, vegetable or fax paper that cannot be recycled. If, on the contrary, we do not recycle the paper and cardboard, these materials naturally take up to 1 year to degrade.

For more information on this topic, we advise you to read these other Green Ecologist guides:

  • How to recycle paper at home step by step.
  • The paper recycling process.
  • How long it takes for the paper to degrade.

Aluminum cans

The aluminum cans They take up to ten years to degrade naturally, requiring a lot of moisture and rain to rust and disappear. Its manufacture requires the extraction of aluminum from the earth's crust and, in addition, while they are being manufactured, polluting gases are emitted into the atmosphere. The benefits of recycling Of this material are the reduction of waste in landfills, as well as the reduction of the use of energy to make cans from the mineral and the extraction of said mineral from the earth's surface. To properly recycle cans, they must be deposited in the yellow container.

Here you can learn more about Where to recycle aluminum cans and the Importance of metal recycling.


A tetabrik It is made up of 20% pure low-density polyethylene, 5% aluminum and 75% cellulose. With the recycling of 6 briks, a shoe box could be made, thus achieving a recycled product with a new use. These containers are also deposited in the yellow container, if they were not recycled, it would take 30 years to degrade naturally, aluminum being the material that takes the longest to do so.

Here we explain more solving the doubt about: Do the bricks go to the yellow cube?


Glass is one of the materials that takes the longest to degrade, over 4,000 years. This for him glass recycling, this must be deposited in the green container and it is very important not to confuse it with crystal glass, since they are different materials that cannot be recycled together as they do not have the same melting point. Glass is mainly composed of silica sand, a resource that does not need to be extracted from nature if recycling is carried out, since glass is a 100% recyclable material and does not lose its properties.

Here we explain more about the Difference between glass and crystal, as well as How long it takes for glass to degrade and How to recycle glass.


Depending on its composition, plastic can take anywhere from 150 years to degrade, which is the time necessary for a plastic bag to degrade, up to 1,000 years, which is what it can take for a soda bottle made of PET-type plastic. All the recyclable plastic such as detergent cans, snack bags, plastic lids and plugs, bags (except garbage bags), or yogurt containers are deposited in the yellow container. Plastic is the biggest source of pollution of the seas and oceans and ends up damaging all the living beings that inhabit these ecosystems. In addition, for the manufacture of this material natural resources are extracted that are being depleted, since it is composed mainly of petroleum derivatives.

Learn more about him plastic recycling with these posts:

  • Which plastics are recycled and which are not.
  • How to recycle plastic at home.
  • How to recycle PET.
  • How long it takes for plastic to degrade.


The waste oil can be recycling for industrial fuelFor this we must take it to special oil collection points. It can also be used to make homemade soap. When we get rid of the oil if we do not do it correctly, taking it to a green dot or clean dot collection, and we throw it down the drain is a danger, since separating it from the water in the treatment plants is very complex, making the process of cleaning the water difficult.

Here we explain more about what to do with used cooking oil.

How to recycle at home

To recycle at home, first of all we have to take into account which are those that things that can be recycled and where they are recycled. In addition to having different bins or bins to make the separation from the beginning, some things to keep in mind to recycle at home that are very important are:

  • Difference between glass and crystal glass when we are going to recycle glass.
  • Remove the aluminum plates from the bottles, as the plates must be deposited in the yellow one and the bottles in the green container. Furthermore, the corks cannot be deposited in the glass container either.
  • With regard to paper and cardboard, do not recycle that which is stained with fluids (toilet paper, used napkins, used tissues …) or organic matter (food fats and oils in home order containers). As well as it is important to know that there are some types of papers such as carbon paper, vegetable paper, self-copied paper, photographic or fax that are not recycled.
  • Recycle cans, bottles or carton containers that contained food as clean as possible. That is, everything that is thrown into the recycling container must be thrown clean, without organic remains.
  • The oil from the canning cans is removed in a separate bottle that must then be sent to oil collection points, not to be flushed down the drain.
  • If you have any doubts, consult the containers as they contain a symbol to know if they are recycled or not.
  • Trash bags are not recycled.
  • Do not throw bulky plastic objects (toys, paint buckets…) into the yellow container. They are made with another type of plastic that must be treated differently.

Recycling is very important and it is in our hands to do so to contribute to the construction of a more respectful world with the environment. To finish, we advise you to read these other Green Ecologist recycling guides:

  • How to recycle garbage at home.
  • What are the benefits of recycling.
  • Types of recycling.

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