Recycling in the process of separating materials from the flow of waste and reusing them, as raw materials or to create new products. Recycling has economic and ecological significance, it saves on new raw materials produced from natural resources and reduces the quantity of waste.
The environmental crisis causes harm to the quality of life, human welfare, health, and jeopardizes the life supporting systems on which human society is dependent. The environmental crisis is more than an environmental (ecological) and technological problem but has a social and behavioral source.
Therefore, sustainable solutions must be provided, and one of them is recycling (a sustainable development approach is based on the understanding that the environment, society, and the economy are interlinked, therefore the design of long term solutions requires coping with all of these components).
Plastic, glass, and metal are products of natural resources – for example, plastic is a product of crude oil, cans are a product of metal, and so on. Since these resources are imperishable, their decomposition takes hundreds of years and pollutes the earth. The most efficient way of dealing with this hazard is to recycle them.
One of the most advanced fields in Israel's recycling sector is the recycling of drink containers – plastic and glass bottles and cans.
The recycling process begins with the separation of drink containers from the flow of waste and collecting them, an operation which is currently being carried out in more and more Israeli households, schools, institutions and organizations throughout the country.
The drink containers governed by the deposit law are transferred by recycling corporation trucks to the corporation's processing centers, where they undergo a process of unloading, clearing and sorting and preparation for their transfer to the recycling industry. The family size drink bottles (without deposit) are collected by private collection companies who had won the local municipalities' bids and are transferred directly to the industry.