What happens after my recyclables are collected?

Collected materials are taken to a material recovery facility (MRF) for processing. At the MRF, the material is delivered to the processing floor and loaded onto conveyor belts for sorting. The sorting process combines mechanical equipment and manual labor to remove contamination from the stream of materials. Many items like food waste, trash, and plastic bags must be manually removed from the conveyor belt in order to prevent equipment damage and further contamination of the recyclables.  Once the material is sorted, a compactor bales the items into large blocks to be sold for the production of new material.

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1. What is recycling and is it the best option?
2. What happens after my recyclables are collected?
3. What happens to materials that aren’t recyclable?
4. What is wishful recycling?
5. What do I do with my plastic bags?
6. What is “China National Sword”?
7. Why do I have to clean my recyclables?
8. What does the recycling symbol on plastic products mean?