The term recycling refers to the process of processing the already used material to be reused for the same or similar purposes. The famous saying in English "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" suggests a logical order to be used in the process of reducing the environmental footprint.

Namely, firstly, it is necessary to try to reduce the amount of waste produced, then that something that was intended for garbage is reused and that it finds an alternative purpose, and finally if it turns out that it can not be reused, to postpone recycling.

In Serbia, the recycling system is still underdeveloped, but with a little effort and good will, it is possible to recycle large quantities of household waste.


What can be recycled?

Paper and cardboard

Paper includes notebooks, printed sheets of paper, newspapers, magazines, promotional messages, colored paper, envelopes, bills, receipts, etc. You can also recycle cardboard boxes, brown card, brass cardboard, brown cardboard bags, all cardboard products, cardboard packaging for drinks (milk, yoghurt, juices ...), etc. * Newsprint can be recycled at least 7 times. Carton packaging is mainly made from recycled paper, as well as newspapers


Plastics include plastic bottles of beverages, detergents, crates, fasteners, plastic foils ... * The time for decomposition of waste plastics is very long, from 100 years of age 1000, therefore it is necessary for plastic to collect separately from the rest of the packaging waste, because it can very successfully is recycled. This is prevalently valid for PET packaging in which we buy mineral water, refreshing beverages, food products, oils, etc.


All glass bottles and glass food containers can be recycled, but not glass beacons, mirrors, window glass, ceramics and porcelain (they are not included in the packaging) * Collected glass waste from the container refers to glass manufacturing plants, where sorted by color, then washed with removed impurities. So sorted and washed glass is further submerged and mixed with new raw materials (sand, water, lime) and heated to 1600 degrees during the production process. After that, the glass produced automatically blows, ie it is pushed into molds, at the end of the process a new bottle is created.


You can recycle beverage cans, food cans, deodorant packages, sprays, boxes, old bicycle frames, aluminum foils, trays, aluminum caps, etc. * Aluminum, steel, copper and other metals are particularly valuable types of waste as they fall into non-renewable natural resources. Most metals can be processed. For example, the cans are mostly of aluminum. By producing a new one from old aluminum, up to 95% of energy is saved. Recycling of cans can result in metal parts of the washing machine, or parts for automobiles, while the produced recycled steel is used for making car seats, steel carriers or engine parts.

Electrical and electronic waste:

You can recycle: electronic and electrical appliances, IT equipment, monitors, cases, keyboards, printers, scanners, mice, speakers, headphones, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, air conditioners, refrigerators and other cooling appliances, television and radio receivers, large and small household appliances, toys, recreational and sports equipment, automates (banking, hot and cold drinks ...), monitoring and control instruments, leisure equipment for entertainment, playstation, tetris and the like, banking and SIM cards, CDs and other sound and image carriers, as well as products intended for production, transmission (cables, ropes, conductors) and measurement of current and electromagnetic fields.

Tips for recycling

  • Recycle Paper - Do not Throw The Newspaper! One ton of collected paper will save 17 trees of trees!
  • Using old paper, we use 15% less water. Some data suggest that recycling one ton of office paper saves 4,200 kW (kilowatts) of electricity and 32,000 liters of water!
  • Separate paper, glass, plastic, metal and throw them into special containers, so you will contribute to recycling instead of garbage disposal!
  • Use one product several times! * Recycling one bottle of glass saves energy that is sufficient for the 100W light bulb to light 4h!
  • Glass can be recycled 100% and used unlimited times again!
  • 1 recycled glass bottle saves as much energy as it takes a computer to run for 25 minutes!
  • 1 Recycled Canvas saves so much energy that it can use the TV for 3 hours!
  • If you are the parent of a small child, go to cloth diapers!