Curious about what happens to your recyclables after they leave the bin? Recycling programs differ in their methods of collecting, sorting and shipping waste material. Read on to learn more about common ways recyclables are converted into new resources.
Some recycling programs sort waste materials at curbside while others collect them in one big bundle and sort them later at a specialized facility. Recyclables are typically separated by machine or by hand into categories such as plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and more. After sorting, recyclables are sent to various factories and manufacturers and made into new products. The New York Sanitation Department offers some specifics:
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