Definition of recycle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    recycle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recycle
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪkl//
     
    he / she / it recycles
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪklz//
     
    past simple recycled
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪkld//
     
    past participle recycled
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪkld//
     
    -ing form recycling
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈsaɪklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈsaɪklɪŋ//
     
    Waste and pollution
     
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  1. 1recycle something to treat things that have already been used so that they can be used again Denmark recycles nearly 85% of its paper. recycled paper CollocationsThe environmentEnvironmental damage cause/​contribute to climate change/​global warming produce pollution/​CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/​destroy the environment/​a marine ecosystem/​the ozone layer/​coral reefs degrade ecosystems/​habitats/​the environment harm the environment/​wildlife/​marine life threaten natural habitats/​coastal ecosystems/​a species with extinction deplete natural resources/​the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/​waterways/​the air/​the atmosphere/​the environment/​oceans contaminate groundwater/​the soil/​food/​crops log forests/​rainforests/​treesProtecting the environment address/​combat/​tackle the threat/​effects/​impact of climate change fight/​take action on/​reduce/​stop global warming limit/​curb/​control air/​water/​atmospheric/​environmental pollution cut/​reduce pollution/​greenhouse gas emissions offset carbon/​CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/​promote sustainable development preserve/​conserve biodiversity/​natural resources protect endangered species/​a coastal ecosystem prevent/​stop soil erosion/​overfishing/​massive deforestation/​damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/​the rainforests/​an endangered speciesEnergy and resources conserve/​save/​consume/​waste energy manage/​exploit/​be rich in natural resources dump/​dispose of hazardous/​toxic/​nuclear waste dispose of/​throw away litter/(especially British English) rubbish/(especially North American English) garbage/(North American English) trash/​sewage use/​be made from recycled/​recyclable/​biodegradable material recycle bottles/​packaging/​paper/​plastic/​waste promote/​encourage recycling/​sustainable development/​the use of renewable energy develop/​invest in/​promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/​reliance on fossil fuels get/​obtain/​generate/​produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/​renewable sources build/​develop a (50-megawatt/​offshore) wind farm install/​be fitted with/​be powered by solar panels See related entries: Waste and pollution
  2. 2recycle something to use the same ideas, methods, jokes, etc. again He recycled all his old jokes.
  3. Extra examples These materials are recycled into other packaging products. They endlessly recycle the same worn-out arguments. made of plastic recycled from old packaging material
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