This week is National Recycling Week, and most of us think of recycling as putting paper, plastic, glass and aluminum in a big blue bin. But that's not recycling any more than picking grapes is winemaking. Recycling is the manufacturing process of turning waste materials back into products. Alcoa recycles aluminum from kitchen foil and Coke cans. Nike recycles shoes into rubberized sports surfaces. What we as individuals do with our big blue bins is the recycling equivalent of picking wine grapes.

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