Discussions on the subject of recycling are heating up with opinions divided greatly among various groups of people. On one hand, we have global anti-waste campaigns stressing the subject of saving our planet and rising questions in regards to climate emergency while discussing the approach of three R’s as a saving tactic. On the other hand, we have those who believe the solutions proposed by the climate emergency campaigns are simply not good enough. 

According to the anti-waste global campaigns; consumers, manufacturers, and governments need to act fast. RRR, an abbreviation used by those campaigns, stand for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; the tactics needed to be implemented in order to reduce waste. 

Opponents respond to the above focusing mainly on condemning recycling processes in use as not being good enough. Arguments raised by them are aimed at the recycling equipment not being suitable enough to process many of the materials. This leading to unprocessed waste left in large amounts and, as a result, is regarded by those discussing it, as a waste of governments’ money and effort of people involved in the process plus not saving sufficient amounts of energy. Another issue often discussed is unethical processes in use by some recycling companies, particularly moving the waste from one country to another, meaning recycled waste is not recycled but simply dumped in another country out of the consumers' view. All those problems lead to skepticism or even anger aimed towards recycling altogether. 

Skepticism aimed towards recycling felt in the above comments is understandable considering unresolved issues with the processes involved an yet it is only part of the story. A natural reply to the arguments could be the following questions – “Because recycling needs improvement, does it mean we should stop recycling altogether?” “Shouldn't we change our focus from pinpointing recycling problems towards focus on finding solutions to the problems present?” 

Additionally, before we become overly cynical towards recycling, we should probably think of other actions to undertake in order to reduce waste. Most of us have probably seen pictures of seas full of plastic and most of us are likely to be aware of different types of waste hanging around our planet. Do we really think the problem should be ignored? If not, in order to battle waste, we need more than recycling, we need to focus on all three R’s mentioned by the anti-waste global campaigns. We need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We, as in all; consumers, manufacturers, and governments. On top of that, a public demand can and will have an influence on governments to improve recycling processes present. This can and should include manufacturers being responsible for reducing, reusing and recycling as well. 

Let us not forget about our ability to influence positive change. Let us remember to reduce and reuse. As a modular building company, in our next article, we will discuss more on reducing, reusing and/or recycling focusing particularly on construction sites as a continuation of this subject.