Recycling can only be effective if there is a viable and growing market for recycled- over virgin produced products. The international recycling symbol shows a loop of three arrows following each other and symbolising the dependant nature of the process. Once your waste is recycled, these materials need to be re-used to produce recycled products in order to close the loop.
Due to current technologies and scales of production, recycled counterparts are often more costly than their virgin produced cousins. However, a bigger demand for recycled will probably speak louder than the cry for sustainable production. Investment, financial and other, will result in more effective and efficient production, driving prices down.
We are the generation who have to turn the tide. Choose wisely by choosing recycled whenever you can.