Given current anxieties about climate change, it is safe to say that recycling is on everybody’s mind. But like wide format digital printing, recycling is a business, an industry. It benefits from a massive and complex infrastructure one that’s been gradually put in place over many years to turn waste into raw materials suitable for secondary products. So far so simple. But the range of materials recycled and of the products into which waste can be turned, plus the complexities of collection, sorting and processing make this an extremely convoluted and not always environmentally friendly, business.
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