What happens to materials that aren’t recyclable?

Materials that end up in the recycling stream that cannot be recycled must be manually removed during the sorting process. Material recovery facility (MRF) employees must handpick trash, food waste, and other contaminants from the conveyor belt before it reaches the mechanical sorting equipment. This increases both the cost and time to process material received at the MRF.

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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?