For many years, the environment has undergone different forms of exploitation and degradation, especially with the incursion of the technology. These ranges from destruction of trees, pollution of water, pollution of farm lands, loss of the beauty of land and water to diverse health problems which were not in existence before now in Africa. This implies that the African environment, if critically examined, is characterized by agricultural beauty, serenity, valuable land, minerals, clean water, precious crude oil and other petroleum products on the one hand, and destruction of farmland through oil spillage, exploitation of mineral resources, deprivation of use of personal lands, water impurity due to overflow of crude oil into it, indiscriminate destruction of wild life and diverse health problems owing to air pollution on the other hand.
Yet, this environmental exploitation and degradation cannot be ignored or neglected without tragic consequences. Environmental degradation therefore, involves the abuse and misuse of the environment through various ways and means. Consequently, various attempts have been made to save and preserve the environment. One of such attempts is recycling, when resources or wastes are recycled it helps prevent pollution and also reduces environmental degradation. Recyclable materials include glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, tires, textile, electronics and the likes.
Also, the composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste, such as food or garden waste is also considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are often handpicked or brought to a collection unit where they are sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into new materials.
One of the Focus of RecycleGarb as an organisation is plastic recycling. Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products, sometimes completely different from their original state. A good example is the melting down of soft drink bottles and then casting them as plastic chairs or tables. Other forms of recycling include, E-waste recycling and energy recycling.
Written By Opemipo Fayose