Definition of “recycling” - English Dictionary

“recycling” in English

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recyclingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌriːˈsaɪ.klɪŋ/ us /ˌriːˈsaɪ.klɪŋ/

B1 the process of collecting and changing old paper, glass, plastic, etc. so that it can be used again:

ways to encourage recycling
a recycling centre

B2 materials such as paper, glass, and plastic that you collect to be recycled:

We put out our recycling for pickup on Tuesdays.
Put this bottle with the recycling.

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(Definition of “recycling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“recycling” in Business English

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recyclingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌriːˈsaɪklɪŋ/ us

ENVIRONMENT the activity of treating materials or products using a special industrial process so that they can be used again:

Investment in the areas of alternative energy, pollution, and recycling has risen sharply.
Much of our waste is sent to India and China for recycling.
recycling of sth Recycling of raw materials and energy resources reduces the cost of production.
Germany and Scandinavia are world leaders in terms of recycling technologies.
a recycling program/scheme/system
waste/plastic/metal recycling

the use of money for a different purpose from the one it as originally intended for:

The recycling of oil wealth from Middle East producers can have an adverse effect on global financial markets.

(Definition of “recycling” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)