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Recycling is the reprocessing of materials into new products. Recycling generally prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and hence greenhouse gas emissions, compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key concept of modern waste management and is the third component of the waste hierarchy.

Recyclable materials, also called "recyclables", may originate from a wide range of sources including the home and industry. They include glass, paper, aluminium, asphalt, iron, textiles and plastics. Biodegradable waste, such as food waste or garden waste, is also recyclable with the assistance of micro-organisms through composting or anaerobic digestion.

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Currumbin Rock Transformed with Flower Power During Swell

Lynne Adams has found a solution to the ugly issue of waste, especially plastic bottles. With her PET bottle flower concept, children are being prompted to look at everyday waste with a creative eye. This is an exciting way for children to reconsider the environmental message: reuse, reduce and recycle.

The workshops, held at the Currumbin Primary School, were an opportunity for both learning and fun; not only for the children, but for teachers and volunteers as well. The workshops were designed to stimulate visual awareness and provide a variety of experiences.
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Electronic Waste

Much of what we do on a daily basis depends on the use of electronic technology, which includes everything from TVs to computers to cellular phones. Technology is always changing, meaning that the shelf life for these devices shrinks by the day. But before you dispose of your old electronics, keep in mind that the circuit boards and electric switches inside of them contain both valuable and hazardous materials that donít belong in a landfill.
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Reduce

One of the easiest ways to be a good environmental citizen is to reduce, or cut back, in key areas of your life. The three most important things to reduce consumption of are energy, water and solid waste. You will hear a lot of environmental terms in regards to reduction (air pollution, global warming, drought, toxicity), but they all fall under one of these three categories.
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Reuse

Reuse is often seen as the hidden factor in the three Rís equation, but it really involves the least amount of work. Reuse is simply the act of finding a second (or third, or tenth, or hundredth) use for a product to prolong its life, and provides the opportunity to not only be thrifty but also to be creative. Most importantly, reuse doesnít require the strategy of reduction or the energy of recycling.
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Water

Water is the most valuable substance on Earth, even though it makes up 71 percent of the Earthís surface. Water serves two purposes in our everyday lives: we use it for bathing and for consumption. It is also an easily contaminated liquid, and since less than one percent of our water supply is usable for these purposes, it becomes even more valuable.

Water conservation plays an important role because we have a limited supply of freshwater available. Saving water around the house, such as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, is a step in the right direction. Much of our water comes from natural sources such as rivers, so conserving also involves not contaminating these sources with substances like oil, litter and cigarette butts.
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Have You Recycled Today?

I once heard someone say that if you want a project done, to work on it, a little each day, everyday. At first, it may be overwhelming, but after some time, looking back, you will see the progress you have made. I have to admit, that recycling can have its challenges. I run into so many questions, that I believe not only hold myself back, but others too.

Questions like What can you recycle? Paper? Plastic? Milk Cartons? Is something that is already 98% recycled, still able to be recycled? Here are some things that we have listed to recycle. If we all pitch in a little everday, we can make this city a better place....
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The City of Los Angeles Provides Eligible Multi-family Residential Buildings with FREE Recycling Services!

The City of Los Angeles provides eligible multifamily residential buildings with FREE recycling services by mid-summer. Multifamily residential properties participating in the program, will receive the following:

FREE ...
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Why Recycle? Learn Tips That Can Benefit You!

There are many reasons to recycle! Los Angeles has one of the most successful recycling programs in America. We are gearing up to recycle even more with your help.

Save the environment and save money by using our blue bins system.

Recycling helps Angelinos save the environment by:

Using Fewer Natural Resources
Reprocessing used material to make new products and packaging reduces the consumption of virgin natural resources, such as metal and trees. ...

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Recycle Your Christmas Trees!!

Recycle at Home: Use Your Green Bin

Residents with green yard trimming bins are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by following easy three-steps:

1. REMOVE all the ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stand from the tree;

2. CUT the tree in pieces to fit into the green bin; and

3. PLACE the tree pieces in the green bin for regular pick-up by the Bureau of Sanitation. Christmas trees collected by the city will be recycled into compost and mulch...

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