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Waste that can be reused and recycled



Environmental issues are increasingly becoming a major concern throughout the world. Many are concerned about the worsening environmental conditions and want to contribute to improving the situation. One way that can be done is by applying the 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in everyday life.

 

The 3R concept is an effective way to reduce negative impacts on the environment. 3R includes reducing the use of materials and energy (Reduce), reusing existing goods (Reuse), and recycling unused materials (Recycle).



Reuse

 

In 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), 'reuse' is the concept of reusing materials that can still be used and minimizing the amount of waste. This is done by reusing products that are no longer used.

 

For example, by using shopping bags that are no longer used as trash cans or making shopping bags from other used materials such as clothes or trousers that are no longer used.

 

The benefit of this concept is that you can reduce the amount of waste produced and reduce the use of new natural resources. Applying the reuse concept can minimize negative impacts on the environment.

 

The habit of reusing or reusing materials that can still be used can be done at home by reusing products that are no longer used, such as:

 

1. Reuse Shopping Bags

Shopping bags that are no longer used can be reused as trash cans or as reusable shopping bags.

 

2. Reusing Used Plastic Bottles

Used plastic bottles can be reused as containers for storing drinking water or can be refilled and taken with you when traveling.

 

3. Reusing Used Paper

Unused paper can be reused as memos or small notes.

 

4. Reuse clothes that are no longer used

Clothes that are no longer used can be reused as rags to clean furniture or as basic material for making bags or pillows.

 

5. Reusing used cardboard

Used cardboard can be reused as basic material for making handicrafts or as a place to store goods.




Examples of Reuse Activities

 

As explained above, reuse is the reuse of items that can be used.

 

Reuse is carried out so that plastic waste and used goods are not thrown anywhere, because they are difficult to decompose in the soil.

 

The following are several examples of reuse activities in waste management.

 

  • Use old cups for plant pots.

 

  • Using used paint cans for home decoration.

 

  • Using used barrels as trash cans.

 

  • Use a plastic bottle to water the plants.

 

  • Use old syrup cans for plant vases.

 

Benefits of Reuse

 

Just like other waste management activities, reuse aims to reduce the amount of waste in the environment.

 

By reusing, waste that is difficult to decompose can be reduced.

 

This is because when waste that is difficult to decompose is thrown away carelessly, it takes years for it to become smaller particles. Then, when these small particles are mixed with the soil, the soil becomes easily polluted.

 

Therefore, we need to reuse to reduce the amount of waste and not buy excessive plastic products.



Recycle

 

In 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), 'recycle' or recycling is the concept of reprocessing waste into materials that can be reused. You can do this by sorting waste and processing it into raw materials that can be reused.

 

Some examples of this concept are processing paper waste into recycled paper or processing plastic bottles into fiber that can be used to make other products such as clothes or bags.

 

The benefits of the recycling concept are also the same, namely reducing the amount of existing waste and reducing the use of new natural resources. Through this method, it is hoped that it can reduce negative impacts on the environment and increase the efficiency of using natural resources.

 

By implementing the Reduce Reuse Recycle concept, apart from reducing the amount and impact of waste on the environment, the wider community can also increase their sense of concern and awareness of the environment.

 

 

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