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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recycling(noun)

    the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products


  1. recycling(Noun)

    The practice of sorting and collecting waste materials for new use.

  2. recycling(Noun)

    Those materials culled for recycling.

    He plans to haul the recycling in on Saturday.


  1. Recycling

    Recycling is a process to change materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution and water pollution by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy. There are some ISO standards related to recycling such as ISO 15270:2008 for plastics waste and ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management control of recycling practice. Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics. Although similar in effect, the composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste—such as food or garden waste—is not typically considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing. In the strictest sense, recycling of a material would produce a fresh supply of the same material—for example, used office paper would be converted into new office paper, or used foamed polystyrene into new polystyrene. However, this is often difficult or too expensive, so "recycling" of many products or materials involves their reuse in producing different materials instead. Another form of recycling is the salvage of certain materials from complex products, either due to their intrinsic value, or due to their hazardous nature. Critics dispute the net economic and environmental benefits of recycling over its costs, and suggest that proponents of recycling often make matters worse and suffer from confirmation bias. Specifically, critics argue that the costs and energy used in collection and transportation detract from the costs and energy saved in the production process; also that the jobs produced by the recycling industry can be a poor trade for the jobs lost in logging, mining, and other industries associated with virgin production; and that materials such as paper pulp can only be recycled a few times before material degradation prevents further recycling. Proponents of recycling dispute each of these claims, and the validity of arguments from both sides has led to enduring controversy.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'RECYCLING' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4607

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  1. recycling


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RECYCLING in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RECYCLING in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of RECYCLING in a Sentence

  1. Stanford University engineer Wei-Min Wu:

    We need to be better at recycling. We shouldn't waste plastic anywhere.

  2. Marco Vega:

    This packaging goes beyond recycling and strives to achieve zero waste.

  3. Brent Jenning:

    The first memory I have of my Dad is of us recycling, we did that until I was about 17.

  4. Susan Walker:

    We had 150 total strangers show up - even the people who found him at the recycling plant came.

  5. Alfred Stern:

    The materials we supply to Volvo with post-consumer recycling content perform like virgin materials.

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