What each “R” represents
Reducing the amount of waste means consuming and throwing away less. Waste reduction includes purchasing long lasting, durable goods that have no toxins. By reducing the amount of waste in the first place, it is the most preferable method of waste management and goes a considerable distance towards protecting the environment.
Reusing products more than once, either for the same purpose or in a total new way also reduces waste. By simply repairing, donating or selling an item one can eliminate disposing of items in landfills. Reusing is preferable to recycling because an item does not need to be remanufactured.
Recycling turns material that would otherwise be waste into new products. This in turn generates a host of financial, social and environmental benefits. Once materials are collected they are separated and sent to facilities to be process into new materials and products.