Guaranteed separation of waste is followed by recycling, a process that leads to obtaining raw materials, to be introduced back into the industry. Recycling these wastes has a considerable set of advantages, including:
a) Preservation of natural resources, as it gives rise to the use of waste from selective collection, avoiding the extraction of virgin raw materials and extending their life cycle. For example, plastic recycling reduces oil consumption, recovery of metal packaging avoids the extraction of ores, recycled glass used in the production of new packaging saves river beds (sands needed for this production) and pulp. recycled paper reduces tree felling;
b) Reduction in the consumption of energy, water and natural resources (raw materials) in the production process, since when made with waste and not with virgin raw materials it is smaller;
c) Decrease in the amount of waste deposited in landfills, which will reduce the waste of resources in the construction of similar new structures. For these structures only waste that cannot be recovered should be followed;
d) Creation of jobs;
e) Compatibility with the concept of circular economy.
Recycling of used packaging makes it possible to produce quality materials, new objects or even new packaging in a virtually endless circle with or without the addition of virgin raw material.
In our daily lives we use various packaging and objects that were produced from packaging waste discarded and properly separated by consumers, namely:
a) Metals - bicycles, scooters, stove and water heater nozzles, auto parts;
b) Paper - blocks of paper, corrugated boxes and cartons;
c) Plastic - bags, detergent packaging, fibers for clothing, vases, plumbing pipes, street furniture, etc .;
d) Glass - glass bottles, flasks and jars.