Recycling refers to the process of collecting used materials usually considered as 'waste' and reprocessing them. In this process these used materials are sorted and processed for use as 'raw materials' for the production of new products. Recycling varies from 'reuse' in the sense that while reuse just means using old products repeatedly, recycling means using the core elements of an old product as raw material to manufacture new goods.
Process of Recycling
The recycling process involves three stages. In the first stage the old products are collected and processed, where they are sorted, cleaned and made ready for recycling or manufacturing new products. The second stage involves the manufacturing of new products from the raw material obtained by the processing of the old products. Finally, the process ends with the purchasing of recycled goods by the consumers.
The more people that step forward to buy recycled products, ensures the success of the recycling process.
To learn about the various materials accepted for recycling, please view the Recycling Guide or contact the Recycling Information Line at 403.502.8045. The Solid Waste Utility collects residential recycling from four drop-off depots located throughout the city. Please click here to find the depot nearest to you.