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Know the Concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3R) in Waste Management

Hyundai Motorstudio Senayan Park 2022.07.19
Know the Concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3R) in Waste Management

Garbage or waste is a consequence of the remnants of human activities. And, how we handle waste will have a huge impact on environmental health. The concept of Reduce Reuse Recycle, are three great ways that can be done to prevent environmental damage.

Healthy soil, water and air conditions will greatly affect survival on planet earth . That is why it is very important to manage waste or waste so that it does not continue to accumulate and cause environmental pollution .

What is Garbage and How to Manage It?

Garbage is anything that we throw away or don't use. Then, how to manage waste properly? We can manage waste by implementing the 3R, namely Reduce Reuse Recycle.

Practicing 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) every day can maintain environmental health. At the same time, it is the key for planet earth to remain sustainable.

Get to know the concept of 3R Reduce Reuse Recycle

You may have heard of “Reduce Reuse Recycle” before. Derived from the foreign term Reduce Reuse Recycle, namely reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Commonly referred to as 3R, Reduce Reuse Recycle in Waste management is a guideline for creating a sustainable lifestyle . How to apply the principle of 3R Reduce Reuse Recycle in daily life? Let's see the following review!

1. Reduce – Reduce

The concept of reducing what is produced and consumed is very important in waste management. The logic is simple, if there is less waste, then the waste that must be recycled will also decrease.

The Reduce process starts with reconsidering what you will use. Here are some things you can do to reduce waste or Reduce:

  • Print on both sides of the paper to reduce paper wastage.
  • Use email as an alternative to sending paper letters.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper towels.
  • Avoid using disposable plates, spoons, cups, cups and tissue. Because, The amount of single-use plastic waste is very large.
  • Avoid buying items that are over-packaged with foil, paper, and plastic. This over-packaging will go to waste.
  • Buy durable goods that have a year's warranty to reduce landfill waste.
  • Use refillable ink pens instead of buying pens in bulk.
  • Buy a multifunctional product that does many different types of work in one product.
  • If you don't use anything for a long time, give it to someone else so it doesn't go to waste.

2. Reuse - Reuse

Furthermore, Reuse or reuse items that are considered useless. For example, CDs ( Compact Disks ) or used cassettes, can be reused as wall decorations or creative displays.

Another example is changing furniture such as tables or chairs that look worn, by repainting them. So, it looks new. This way, you can reuse items or practice the concept of Reuse.

Learning to reuse old items is very important in waste management. In the construction sector, the concept of reuse is also quite popular. Where, there are a number of offices or startups that use used containers as workspaces.

Semi-truck-sized metal containers such as containers are a waste problem that takes up space. If we can reuse them as homes, offices, or even shops and places of business, then landfills don't need to spend the resources to melt metal and make new containers.

Here are some things you can follow to reuse old items or Reuse.

  • The snack jars can be reused to store sugar, tea, coffee or stationery to make the house look tidy.
  • Used tires can be reused to make tire swings or garden stool chairs.
  • Used wood can be used for wood crafts and firewood.
  • Old newspapers can be reused to pack things when moving.
  • Waste paper can be used to sketch pictures or paper pulp.
  • Old jeans or t-shirts can be reused as a tote bag or cleaning cloth.
  • Donate things you don't use to others in need. For example books, clothes, bags, and others.
  • Create unused used items into other items such as wall hangings, or anything else so that they can be used further.

3. Recycle – Recycle

The last stage of waste management is recycling or Recycle. Recycling is turning something into raw materials that can be shaped into new things.

Let's look at some tips for recycling products around us, below:

  • Buy recyclable products such as paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, etc., to use at home, in the office, or at school. For example, certain plastic bottles have a recycling symbol on the bottom of the product to indicate whether the product is recyclable or not.
  • Separate waste that can be recycled and what is not. Thus, it is easier to classify in waste management.
  • Avoid buying products with hazardous chemicals so that they are not toxic when recycled.
  • Use recycled paper to print or make paper crafts.

Benefits of Reduce Reuse Recycle for Waste Management

There are many benefits and uses of the Reduce Reuse Recycle concept in waste management. Here are some of them:

  • Could reduce carbon emissions and prevent water and soil pollution . Therefore, the amount of waste that is thrown into the environment can be reduced.
  • Prevent the practice of burning waste that causes smoke and air pollution.
  • Reduce Reuse Recycle can support more efficient use of resources.
  • Contribute to consumption sustainable energy because resources are used efficiently.
  • Support the development of green technology , namely creating clean waste management and reducing the impact of climate change.
  • Increase the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc.
  • Reduce Reuse Recycle save energy and resources to improve people's economy.

It is very important to understand and apply the concept of Reduce Reuse Recycle to manage waste . Starting with educating ourselves, family, and children so that we can get used to practicing Reduce Reuse Recycle in everyday life.


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