Although the processes of recycling different kinds of materials have remained more or less the same as before, many trends in the recycling industry have changed considerably. Following are some of the latest trends in recycling that tell a lot about the current worldwide recycling industry:
Greater Public Awareness
Maybe the biggest change in trends is in the mind of general people. General people no more regard old, unwanted materials as waste, understanding the benefits of recycling and bad effects of dumping those unwanted materials into landfills. This change in attitude has brought about by marketing and promotional activities of large companies, local governments, trade associations and NGOs. Greater public awareness engages more and more people in different recycling programs in every locality.
More Collection Bins
The number of waste collection bins has significantly increased in the past few years, resulting in the collection of greater amount of waste in almost every locality. Because when people find waste collection bins within their walking distance, they are more likely to put all the waste they generate into those collection bins.
Another major trend in the periphery of recycling is pre-cycling which refers to the use of fewer materials before a product is shipped to consumers. It mainly focuses on product packaging. You have most likely noticed that packaging has become much lighter than what it used to be. More specifically, pre-cycling is avoiding and/or minimizing materials that generate waste that can’t be recycled. So, when recyclability of a product is thought at the time of producing, the amount of waste generated from that product should be lesser.
B2C Recycling Trends
These days, more and more businesses offer their customers free recycling programs. This is particularly true for mobile phone companies and other electronics producing companies. The businesses allow and even motivate their customers to send their out of order devices for free so that those devices are recycled. From marketing point of view, this is helping companies to draw more customers as most customers tend to respect the companies that offer free recycling programs. And most businesses use those products for charitable purposes or simply use in the production of new products.
Changes in Polices in favor of Recycling
State governments, local authorities and even businesses in almost every industry are changing their policies relating to waste management and recycling to increase the overall recycling rate of different products. Companies around the world are going green and promoting the benefits of recycling.
Shifting from non-recyclable to easily recyclable or compostable packaging
Historically, different packaging materials such as plastic packaging constitute some of the most non-recyclable items. That is why; packaging companies around the world are shifting from those non-recyclable materials to easily compostable or recyclable materials.
Banning or not banning plastic packaging always trending
Banning or not banning plastic packaging is always a trending topic in recycling industry. Many state governments in many different countries have already banned plastic packaging and many have imposed increased taxes on plastic packaging such as plastic bags.
In 2012, only 5 percent of 26 million tons of food waste avoided landfills, meaning that the rest of the food waste find place in landfills. But this huge amount of food waste could be used as healthy compost material for municipal or personal use. That is why; communities across the United States are having organic material composting programs and even making composting mandatory. Some communities in San Francisco and Rhode Island are examples of such communities.
Increased use of CNG instead of Diesel
In recent past, companies in both private and public sectors have continued to use more CNG instead of diesel which is great news for worldwide recycling industry.