Recycling is a term used to describe a series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste. Reduce means to use less of something. Some examples are: Use a handkerchief instead of tissues. Use a cotton rag when cleaning house instead of paper towels. Reuse is to put again into service without changing. Examples are: Wrapping paper; etc. Floppy disks. Recycle is to put again into service with changing. Examples are: Cans; Glass; Plastics etc.