The three R's of recycling

three r's of recycling

The three R's of recycling are the rules to protect the environment, especially to reduce the amount of waste or garbage generated. This rule must be included in the decalogue of a socially responsible company and in the day to day of people.

In this article we are going to tell you what the three Rs of recycling consist of, their importance and how to recycle correctly.

Three R's of recycling

reduce and recycle

In short, the three Rs of recycling help reduce your carbon footprint by helping you litter less, save money, and be a more responsible consumer. Best of all, it is very easy to follow since it only has three steps: reduce, reuse and recycle.


When we say reduce, we mean that we must minimize or simplify the direct consumption of the product, that is, everything that is bought and consumed, since this is directly related to waste, at the same time that we have it in our pocket. For example, instead of buying 6 small bottles of drink, buy one or two large bottles, the same product but less packaging, and don't worry.


When we say reuse, we mean being able to reuse things and get the most out of them before they have to be thrown away, by reducing the amount of waste. This task is usually the one that receives the most attention and is one of the most important, which also helps a lot to the domestic economy.


The final task is recycling, which consists of submitting the materials to a process where they can be reused, significantly reducing the use of new materials and thus reducing more waste in the future.

The society in the world has always produced garbage, but now it is a consumer society, and the amount of garbage has increased dramatically. In addition, its increased toxicity becomes a very serious problem. We are immersed in a throwaway culture, where daily garbage is a resource that we quickly miss.

Citizenship and recycling

Recycle Bin

Each citizen produces an average of 1 kg of garbage daily, which gives 365 kg per year. This household waste ends up in landfills, canyons, streets, and sometimes in incinerators. A significant part of this waste, 60% by volume, consists of containers and packaging, mainly intended for single use, often made from non-renewable raw materials, or even if they are renewable, they are being processed at a certain rate. . Their use is superior to their regeneration (like the wood used to make cellulose), and once used they are very difficult to recycle.

To this we must add that at home there are also residues of paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaning products. All this waste can be taken to the landfill, but it takes up a lot of land and contaminates the soil and water bodies. Burning it is not a solution either, as it emits air pollutants and produces highly toxic ash and slag. It all comes down to putting into practice the mantra of the three Rs of recycling, in order of importance, namely Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Tips for using the three Rs of recycling

the three r's of recycling

  • Reduce the amount of resources we use through other habits and/or techniques, for example, not asking for bags in the supermarket unnecessarily, reducing the use of paper, etc.
  • Most of the materials we use on a daily basis can be reused in some way: double-sided printed paper, reused wood from pallets, donated books, electronic equipment, etc.
  • If the other two R's don't work or fail, it should be the last resort and recycling is inevitable. Recycling is one way of using materials, however it must be remembered that energy is wasted when recycling and polluted when reprocessed. Most of the materials we use can be recycled and used in other applications; Materials like glass, for example, can be recycled 40 times. It is our commitment to recycle as much as possible and reduce the generation of waste.

How to reduce?

  • Implement the green signature promoted in the name of a socially responsible company in the mail.
  • Use certified recycled paper.
  • Print strictly what is necessary, don't print just to read a few lines, and when it comes to authorization, it can be done by mail.
  • Check spelling and set margins correctly before printing. 35% of impressions are unnecessary due to configuration errors.
  • Assemble documents to print instantly. 20% of the impressions are those that are sent to print without being collected.
  • Use electronic folders to disseminate information. It is easier to spread and everyone can use it. In cases where staff do not have computers, it is possible to print a game for a set number of people.
  • Use an impress brand of toner; when the toner runs out, call the brand supplier to pick it up and reuse it.

How to reuse?

  • When using boxes, find ways to reuse them for future deliveries or file storage.
  • Don't abuse them so they can be reused.
  • When you're done using a box, leave it in the storage area and request it in the same area if necessary.
  • Avoid using staples on envelopes and paper, In addition to favoring the reuse of paper, it will also facilitate the reuse of the same clips.
  • Label envelopes sparingly so they can be reused in the mail.
  • When printing/using single-sided sheets, leave the paper in the area of ​​the printer marked "Reuse Paper".
  • The paper that will be reused must have information that has already been crossed out.
  • For those papers that have been used on both sides, leave them in the area of ​​the printer for "two-sided printing paper".
  • Do not put paper in any tray with paper clips or staples.
  • Any products made of paper, such as newspapers, magazines, yellow pages, books, etc., should be left in the print area marked "Other Paper Products."

How to recicle?

Any paper or cardboard that cannot be reused must be recycled. When paper accumulates in the printing area, It should be stored away from water or moisture, the same goes for cardboard.

It is the responsibility of each branch to find an authorized provider for the correct disposal of paper and cardboard, they will work with him to determine each time he comes to collect the accumulated.

I hope that with this information you can learn more about the three R's of recycling and its characteristics.

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