24 Aug '12, 1pm

Ever wonder why some items are easily recycled and others aren't?

Ever wonder why some items are easily recycled and others aren't?

The term “close the loop” is tossed around a lot in the green sphere. But what does the expression really mean, and why is it important to how we manage our waste? Earth911 takes a closer look at the concept to find out. Recyclables make their way through a Baltimore plant. From here, these bottles, boxes and cans will be processed, sent to manufacturers and used to make new products. Photo: Flickr/bjornmeansbear What is “closed loop” recycling? “Closed loop” recycling is basically a production process in which post-consumer waste is collected, recycled and used to make new products. This process can be as simple as using recycled aluminum to make new cans, or as complicated as weaving reclaimed plastic bottles into polyester for clothing and other products. For the closed loop system to function properly, consumers, recyclers and manufacturers must work together to reclai...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/08/24/close-the-loop-primer/

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