Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by decreasing the need for "conventional" waste disposal and lowering greenhouse gas emissions compared to plastic production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" waste hierarchy.

There are some ISO standards related to recycling such as ISO 15270:2008 for plastics waste and ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management control of recycling practice.

Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, tires, textiles and electronics. The composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste—such as food or garden waste—is also considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection centre or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into new materials destined for manufacturing.

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Commentary: The leaves are falling – let them be

Daily Press 18 Nov 2023
Raking leaves into plastic bags is counterproductive to the ecosystem and to us ... So the trees discard the leaves and convert much of the water within the phloem to sugars that act as a natural antifreeze. As the leaves fade, their contents are recycled ... This regular recycling of nutrients is critical for us and for the health of our planet ... ....

LAPD could soon recycle 97 RVs, clearing years-long backlog

Daily Breeze 17 Nov 2023
Los Angeles officials hoping to clear a years-long backlog of dilapidated recreational vehicles impounded from city streets believe they’ve found a recycler to take on the task, and quickly ... Richard Tefank, the commission’s executive director, said in the report SA Recycling could salvage “at least 15 RVs per day.”....