What Recycling Really Means?

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. The recovery of energy from waste materials is often included in this concept. The recyclability of a material depends on its ability to reacquire the properties it had in its original state. It is an alternative to "conventional" waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. It can also prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reducing energy use, air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling).

In ideal implementations, recycling a material produces a fresh supply of the same material—for example, used office paper would be converted into new office paper, and used polystyrene foam into new polystyrene. Some types of materials, such as metal cans, can be remanufactured repeatedly without losing their purity. With other materials, this is often difficult or too expensive (compared with producing the same product from raw materials or other sources), so "recycling" of many products and materials involves their reuse in producing different materials (for example, paperboard). Another form of recycling is the salvage of constituent materials from complex products, due to either their intrinsic value (such as lead from car batteries and gold from printed circuit boards), or their hazardous nature (e.g. removal and reuse of mercury from thermometers and thermostats).


Waste Recycling Rates

Recycling/ Tree Populations & CO2

Environmental impact

Economist Steven Landsburg, author of a paper entitled "Why I Am Not an Environmentalist", claimed that paper recycling actually reduces tree populations. He argues that because paper companies have incentives to replenish their forests, large demands for paper lead to large forests while reduced demand for paper leads to fewer "farmed" forests

What We Do and How

How Balmforth & Co* Recycle

At B&Co (RSL) we believe in our responsibility as a company to do our best and recycle as much as possible. Our recycling level is quite high for a family run business. We recycle all of the cardboard and paper materials and use recycled plastic where possible. All our coffee packaging is aluminium free, which makes it easy to recycle.

We are taking our personal responsibilities against sustainability movement and environmental impact very seriously and we will continue to commit and do our best and recycle as much as we can.


More about Recycling

Understanding recycling symbols

Recycling symbols appear on lots of everyday items and help us to identify how different types of packaging can be recycled.


his article is about recycling of waste materials. For recycling of waste energy, see Energy recycling. "Recycled" redirects here.