Definition of recyclable in English:

recyclable

adjective

  • Able to be recycled:

    ‘recyclable plastic’
    ‘the containers are recyclable’
    • ‘Under the law, he said it was illegal for recycling businesses to go to housing estates and collect recyclable waste directly.’
    • ‘Everyone else took pride in pelting them with recyclable plastic.’
    • ‘If all supermarkets used recyclable bags, consumers would be able to help fight pollution.’
    • ‘Collections for ordinary waste and recyclable waste were held on alternative weeks, and the results impressed council officials.’
    • ‘It provides ‘green’ bins for recyclable waste, paper, tins, bottles and plastic.’
    • ‘His estimates included indirect costs such as management of the landfill, where staff store recyclable plastics, glass and paper.’
    • ‘The organizers will provide you with resources to obtain biodegradable and recyclable utensils and paper products if you wish.’
    • ‘All recyclable goods will be taken to an existing recycling facility in Bexley until Greenwich's opens in April 2004.’
    • ‘Last year the collection of dry recyclable goods was extended to an additional 110,000 households nationwide.’
    • ‘They tell you how recyclable any plastic product is, though most of their products are wood and paper.’
    • ‘Householders will also receive their first five clear plastic sacks for holding the recyclable waste in the post.’
    • ‘While the council has restored a weekly collection of residual waste, the fortnightly collection of recyclable waste from the black boxes continues.’
    • ‘My job is to handle recyclable waste for 16 floors.’
    • ‘The introduction of proposed EU legislation on the need for more recyclable plastics in vehicles will also encourage the use of such material in Europe.’
    • ‘Ironically, CDs and DVDs are made from recyclable materials, yet the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators anyway.’
    • ‘The borough council could make money from collecting this recyclable waste and all traders want is somewhere to put it.’
    • ‘Some of the recyclable materials include paper, plastics, metals and tyres.’
    • ‘And green materials, such as bamboo, cork, and recycled and recyclable carpet, will be used.’
    • ‘People would soon be able to bring recyclable goods to the land fill.’
    • ‘There is extensive use of recycled and recyclable plastics on the vehicle.’

noun

usually recyclables
  • A substance or object that can be recycled:

    ‘the city could sell recyclables at a profit’
    • ‘Then there is the frustration of opening a bag of paper recyclables and finding coffee grounds, gum, or other food stuff.’
    • ‘Both normal rubbish and recyclables will be collected on the same day.’
    • ‘I always clean my apartment, separate my plastic recyclables from my trash, and I never turn the stereo loud enough for the neighbors to hear.’
    • ‘Currently, just over 150 groups clean more than 5,000 bags of litter and recyclables from our highways each spring.’
    • ‘Please co-operate by only depositing the correct recyclables in the appropriate containers.’
    • ‘The city will collect organic materials and recyclables free of charge.’
    • ‘Money obtained from selling recyclables is used to subsidise the service, but the costs of collection are much greater.’
    • ‘Trucks come right to each house and take away garbage and recyclables.’
    • ‘Suppose in addition to your blue bin for recyclables, you had a green one for kitchen scraps?’
    • ‘Beachcombers there collected 26,940 pounds of recyclables and 91,000 pounds of trash.’
    • ‘The mayor also pointed to the city's high contamination rate: an alarming 40 percent of non-paper recyclables end up in the waste stream.’
    • ‘Zero waste programs separate garbage when it is collected into recyclables, hazardous waste, and wet waste - the largest component.’
    • ‘Bins would be dedicated to composting material, wood waste, tires, consumer recyclables, metals as well as regular solid wastes.’
    • ‘Residents have been issued with a black box for dry recyclables such as paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and textiles.’
    • ‘The figures quoted are only for the collection of dry recyclables, for example paper and glass.’
    • ‘City schools in Pattaya are turning trash into cash - collecting recyclables and selling them to dealers.’
    • ‘Swindon Council provided households with a box for cardboard, paper and other recyclables.’
    • ‘When it comes to sorting people's green-box recyclables, glass and metal are at opposite ends of the spectrum.’
    • ‘The other four categories of recyclables are cloth and rags, paper, clean plastic bags and styrofoam.’
    • ‘Within 25 years, he predicts, homeowners, as well as businesses, will no longer have to separate recyclables from their garbage.’

Pronunciation:

recyclable

/riːˈsʌɪkləbl/